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Allison Ofanansky

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Miriam, a young Jewish girl, and her family live in Fès in Morocco. She is looking forward to their annual Mimouna celebration to mark the end of Passover. Having cleared out all the flour in the house to celebrate Passover, Miriam wonders where, in the evening, one finds flour. In response, her mother hands her a jar of fig jam and they walk over to their Muslim neighbor’s home, where they are invited for tea.

The house next door also has a little girl Jasmine, about Miriam’s age. The kids are shy, and watch each other as their mothers chat. Miriam and her mother part having exchanged the jam and flour, and invited Jasmine and her family to celebrate Mimouna with them.

The party is lovely, crowned by the moufleta Miriam’s mom makes, and the girls are spent by the end of the evening. Jasmine invites Miriam and her family to join them for Iftar, the daily breaking of the Ramadan fast, but Miriam’s mom points out that they may not be in Morocco, but in Jerusalem by then.

This story was nostalgic and sweet. Growing up in Kenya going to everyone’s houses when they were celebrating a holiday, not of your faith, was a particularly fun thing! I remember celebrating Eid, Vaisakhi, and Christmas, with our Muslim, Sikh, and Christian friends, and in turn, having them celebrate Diwali and various other holidays with us. It was a great reminder that for centuries Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, etc. have lived as neighbors in harmony.

The illustrations in this book are lush and evocative. A great place to talk about the cultural similarities shared by communities that can be seemingly very different! The imagery of Fez at night is so pretty.

The book concludes with an explanation of the origins of Mimouna. For those unfamiliar, Mimouna is a relatively new Jewish tradition that started among the North African Jewish community about 250 years ago. It is now being celebrated by Jewish communities around the world. Recipe for Moufleta included!
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Fernandez-Pons | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jan 27, 2024 |
I love reading about food spanning cultures. Or about food IN cultures. So this book about a time in Jewish culture (with those in North Africa) and how they make a yeasted sweet bread after Passover is really precious. Friendship spanning religion is SO important, especially these days, as well!
msgabbythelibrarian | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jun 11, 2023 |
An engaging glimpse into the art and craft behind Hanukkah candle lighting.

Starting with an overview of the holiday and a detailed description of the candelabra, Ofanansky proceeds to showcase three contemporary artisans who craft menorahs from brass, glass, and wood. Following this, she offers suggestions to children on making their own. Readers also learn how to fashion candles and how olive oil, also used during Hanukkah, is pressed. There are instructions for candle placement and lighting along with the prayers that are recited. The Hebrew cited is both transliterated and translated. Two important ingredients for a holiday celebration are also included: a recipe for potato latkes and one for doughnuts. Instructions for playing the dreidel game and making a dreidel follow. A generous assortment of color photographs, mostly close-up shots, adds to the package along with interactive activities. The adults and children in the photographs are white.

With the who, what, where, when, and how of Hanukkah, an informative addition to holiday shelves. (Informational picture book. 8-12)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 11, 2023 |
I enjoyed this because it is set in Morocco and is about a holiday my family celebrates
Erindignam03 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 13, 2022 |



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