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Matzo frogs
Rosenthal, Sally, 1973- , author.
Publication Information:
Montgomery : NewSouth Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
As an act of kindness, or mitzva, six Jewish frogs secretly prepare a delicious pot of matzo ball soup for Minnie Feinsilver's Shabbat dinner. Includes recipe.
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When kind-hearted Minnie spills the matzo ball soup she was making for Shabbat dinner, the frogs who live in a nearby pond spring into action. They decide to save Minnie's Shabbat by making a new pot of soup while she is out -- a mitzvah from one neighbor to another. Together, the frogs work through the recipe, meeting every challenge with an amphibian solution: chopping carrots by playing leapfrog, using a long sticky tongue to pull a cookbook off a shelf, and giving each other a helping hop wherever they can.With creativity and froggy flair, the cold-water chefs make the soup and save Minnie's dinner. Warm and whimsical, Matzo Frogs conveys an enduring message about the importance of mitzvot, community, and teamwork.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this humorous tale, children learn from an unusual source the meaning of doing a mitzvah, an act of kindness, and the concept of one mitzvah leading to another. When Minnie Feinsilver spills the matzo ball soup she is making for her Shabbat dinner guests, she is distraught because knows she won't have time to cook another batch. A promise to visit a friend will keep her busy all afternoon, so her neighbors, a colony of helpful and lovable frogs, leap in to save the day. Working as a team, Sol Frog, an artist with an adorable beret, and his frog friends, who are "not just any frogs. Jewish frogs" (among them a fashionista and bubbe), find the recipe and use their myriad froggy talents to recreate Minnie's Shabbat soup. Parents can laugh along with their children at the imaginative story by Rosenthal, a debut author and documentary film producer. Sheldon's (Into the Deep) droll and clever images of frogs hopping to the rescue seamlessly complement the text. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, Herman Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.