In terms of Passover books, it's hard to compete with the book that's at the center of the holiday's festivities. While the Haggadah tells the story of the exodus from Egypt, and even adds in some elements of surprise with the 10 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, it can be a bit overwhelming for lil ones who see the holiday as little more than a week of giving up bread and eating matzo.
Lesléa Newman's new A Sweet Passover ($12) manages to focus on the unleavened bread, while still telling the Passover story through the eyes of a young girl. In the semi-autobiographical tale, the tot eats so much matzo on the first seven days of the holiday that she refuses to eat anymore for the final day — that is until her relatives explain that there is more to the holiday than matzo, and there are even matzo recipes that will reawaken her taste for the symbolic crackers. The recipe — the author's father's own signature dish of matzo brei — brings the whole family together as the next generation is brought into the fold.
A great book to be read at the start of the holiday, as well as throughout the week, A Sweet Passover is a great addition to your holiday library! Keep reading for the author's family's famous matzo brei recipe to make with your entire family.