When Frieda Pinsky uses some magic powder to help make the matzah balls for her Passover seder light and fluffy, it works too well.
It is the night of the Passover seder, and Frieda Pinsky wants her matzah balls to be perfect. "Please be light and fluffy," pleads Frieda as she drops each ball into the big pot of chicken soup. But the matzah balls just sit on the bottom of the pot "like dozens of little stones." Fear not. A plump little fairy comes to the rescue and gives Frieda a magic powder to stir into the soup. "Use only one pinch, " she warns. Frieda decides more is better. After eating the lightest, fluffiest matzah balls they've ever tasted, members of the Pinsky family lift off like balloons and float through the house. The Matzah Ball Fairy appears again and finds the perfect culinary antidote. This delightful store captures the flavor and feeling of the beloved Jewish family holiday of Passover.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.