Matilda Makes Matzah Balls
" (A) child’s enthusiasm and her grandmother’s unconditional love and acceptance shine through in this tale of culinary traditions. Whether or not readers are familiar with matzah ball soup, they will connect with this family's loving preparation of traditional foods. Tender, warmhearted, and delightful." --Kirkus Reviews
This year for Passover, Matilda's grandmother invites her to help make the matzah ball soup!
Matilda has always loved watching Bubbe make the soup. Now she wants to try out some of her own ideas. Adding lemon and dill to the matzah balls seems like a great idea. But making one GIANT matzah ball is a giant mistake.
Yet Bubbe is encouraging. "The best part of experimenting is you can always try again," she tells Matilda.
And so the grandmother/granddaughter cooking team continues the kitchen experiments, with some unusual (and unusually delicious!) results.
Includes a recipe for Matilda and Bubbe's Matzah Ball Soup.
A Jewish child and her grandmother make chicken soup with matzah balls, a dish that’s essential to Jewish cuisine, especially for holiday meals. This Passover, Matilda will help Bubbe make the traditional soup for the first time. Bubbe supplies an apron, and they hum as they mix the ingredients. Matilda has lots of great ideas to jazz up the recipe, and Bubbe is agreeable and encouraging. Sure, Matilda can add lemon and extra dill to the matzah ball mix. Then they put the mixture in the refrigerator to chill. Matilda has another very big idea. What if they make one giant matzah ball instead of the normal small, round, moon-shaped balls? Bubbe is a bit skeptical, wondering if it will float, but as always, she’s ready to give Matilda free rein. Of course, the heavyweight matzah ball immediately sinks to the bottom of the pot. Bubbe soothes Matilda’s disappointment, reminding her that she can try again. The child’s enthusiasm and her grandmother’s unconditional love and acceptance shine through in this tale of culinary traditions. Gray-haired Bubbe and brown-haired, pigtailed Matilda (both are light-skinned) are wonderfully exuberant in Galmozzi’s bright, action-packed, detailed cartoons. Watch for the all-important box of matzah meal that appears prominently throughout the proceedings. Whether or not readers are familiar with matzah ball soup, they will connect with this family’s loving preparation of traditional foods. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Tender, warmhearted, and delightful. (recipe for matzah ball soup) (Picture book. 4-7) --Kirkus Reviews