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How It's Made: Matzah Hardcover – February 15, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—The first two-thirds of this book supports the title's objective by examining handmade and factory techniques for baking the traditional Passover unleavened bread, and providing related history and activities. The last third branches out into a discussion of other Passover foods and objects, returning to the topic of matzah on the final page with a description of the afikomen (the hidden matzah). The expectations set up by the title are confounded by the pages covering seder plates, charoset, Elijah's cup, and so on, making the content unfocused. The busy layout relies on a mix of large and small photos. The concluding page contains a find-the-afikomen maze; this implies an invitation to write in the pages and will not be appreciated by librarians. That said, credit must be given for the inclusion of a few Jews of color in the photos (and on the cover). The information, while simplified for young readers, is solid. However, the design and organization of the text leave something to be desired. VERDICT The dearth of materials detailing the matzah-making process may make this volume a good option for Jewish educational settings.—Heidi Rabinowitz, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
All about that flat, unleavened holiday food: from dough to desert. Starting with a brief description of the spring festival of Passover, which celebrates and commemorates the exodus of Jewish slaves from Egypt, Ofanansky goes on to describe, step by careful step, the preparation of matzah. Timing is all-important, as everything from preparing the dough to baking must be completed in less than 18 minutes. It is at the Passover Seder where the reading of the Haggadah, the story of the exodus, takes place. A Seder plate containing foods relevant to the tale and the time of the year sits on the table, and three boards of matzah in their own special cover are placed nearby. Children are always included in this family celebration, and in that spirit there are also instructions for baking matzah at home and creating a matzah cover, Seder plate, and cup for the prophet Elijah, who is invited into the house during the evening. Children familiar with the holiday will enjoy the close-up photographic details. Those new to the festival will learn much, especially benefitting from a well-captioned photograph of the Seder plate. The interactive text is engaging for all. The combination of concise, easy-to-understand text and copious photography presents an accessible understanding of Passover and matzah. (Informational picture book. 6-10) --Kirkus Reviews
This books explains all about matzah, one of the foods traditionally featured at a Passover Seder table. In addition to describing how matzah is made, the book contains lesser-known facts, such as that kosher rules say it must be made in 18 minutes to ensure the dough doesn't rise. Clear pictures and conversational, concise text make the information easy to comprehend. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning more about this holiday staple and may be inspired to follow the recipe included at the back of the book to make their own matzah. --The Washington Post