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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
Many children think history is boring. They shy away from history like it is the plague. However, children will love Matzah Means So Many Things by Faith Goldstein. Faith does an excellent job of introducing children to one of the holiest of the holy days in the Jewish faith. Passover is not about food, although food plays a significant role in celebrating that day. Why do the Jews eat unleavened bread on this day? What is the significance of Passover? These and so many more questions are answered on a child’s level. The illustrations will keep the reader interested. A matzah recipe is included, so I suggest you take the time to make some matzah with your child, then read the book together. This book will strengthen your child’s faith if you are Jewish. If you are not Jewish, you will enjoy learning about a different culture.
We live in a very small world where people of different beliefs often rub shoulders together. People from different cultures, countries, and ethnicity often live in the same neighborhood. Faith Goldstein has given an excellent introduction to Passover in Matzah Means So Many Things. The history of this celebration extends back to the time of the Jews living under the cruel rule of Pharoah thousands of years ago. G-d sends Moses to free His people and lead them to the Promised Land. Every year since that fateful day, Jews worldwide have stopped and remembered the goodness of G-d in delivering the Children of Israel from bondage. Come join in the celebration of the faithfulness of G-d. Learning about a different religion and culture can be both enlightening and fun.