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Lotsa Matzah

Lotsa Matzah
Tilda Balsley By (author)
Akemi Gutierrez Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

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6.5 X 6.5 in
12 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Passover
JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Jewish


With matzah, we remember well / The Seder story we all tell.

A rhyming introduction to Passover’s traditional food, with children eating and enjoying “lotsa matzah” many different ways during the holiday.

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"Just when you thought there couldn’t be another Passover board book, author Tilda Balsley makes a charming contribution to the category with Lotsa Matzah. Told in rhyming couplets, Balsley does a remarkable job covering the basics of why we eat matzah to hiding the afikomen to culinary variations on the “lotsa matzah” we eat throughout the eight days of Passover. 'So Moses drew his people near. / Good news! We’re getting out of here. / Hurry take the dough for bread. / No time to let it rise, he said.' The colloquial language is easy and inviting. The watercolor and pencil illustrations are lovely. This is a recommended purchase for home, school, and synagogue libraries with a preschool population." --Association of Jewish LibrariesOther Print

"Appealing board books can sell anything to tots, if the adorable works. This new one is a good one. The topic is a piece of Passover tradition: matzah. In quick order author Tilda Balsley describes matzah, explains how it got that way, shows what it means to Jews and how it fits into the Seder service including hunting for the afikomen (note: for fun, not prizes) and, of course, mentions eating matzah endlessly for a week. This breathless rush of information (no bored listeners here) arrives in couplets that stay in meter; only one struggles with its rhyme. Except for the last page, the text is not up to Balsley’s usual clever rhyming; however, the rhymes suffice for the age group. The warm, joyous illustrations rush all over, tirelessly, just like the targeted audience. Perfect for greasy hands and teeth tempted to chew, this latest addition to the board book pile has 'lotsa' pluses: more content than most, well told, well organized, well thought-out, well drawn. It contains sound information in a captivating way and is recommended for ages 2-4" -- Jewish Book WorldMagazine

Author Bio

Tilda Balsley has written many books for Kar-Ben, bringing her stories to life with rhyme, rhythm, and humor. Tilda lives with her husband and their rescue Shih Tzu in Reidsville, North Carolina.
Akemi Gutierrez was an assistant animator for Walt Disney Features, where her films included Mulan, Pocahontas, and Tarzan. Now a full-time children’s book illustrator, drawing and painting are her favorite things to do. Akemi lives in Los Angeles, California.