Thursday, April 03, 2014

Stone Soup With Matzoh Balls

 Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls:

A Passover Tale in Chelm

By Linda Glaser

Published by Open Road Media/Albert Whitman

& Company, 18th March 2014

The fictional Eastern European village of Chelm is well-known in folklore as being a village of somewhat foolish people. This is the story of what happens when a mysterious stranger arrives in Chelm, just before the Passover Seder.

The villagers say they cannot offer him hospitality as they are all struggling to feed themselves and their families, but the stranger will not leave and says he can feed them all with soup made from the stone he has in his pocket.......but can he?

This is a well-known story, nicely re-told for young children and beautifully illustrated by Maryam  Tabatabaei, about the blessings of hospitality, communal action, care and consideration for others - as well as what happens when you utilise that sometimes rare commodity, common-sense! A truly lovely story for children and very appropriate indeed to read at Passover.

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