Too Many Cooks

A Passover Parable

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Bubbe is interrupted while she is making charoses for the Passover seder. While she chats on the phone, family members wander into the kitchen and add their own “special ingredient” to spice up the mixture. As a result of too many cooks, the “charoses is atrocious!” An amusing introduction to the festive Passover meal.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017120, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.5 x 11
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Author: Edie Stoltz Zolkower

Edie Stoltz Zolkower grew up in Newington, Connecticut. Most of her childhood was spent playing the flute and reading. Edie graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in psychology. She and her husband met in college, and they recently took a trip to Alaska to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They have one college-aged son. Edie's hobbies include reading, cooking, long walks, and watching women's college basketball. Her favorite team is the UCONN Huskies. She is currently back in school working on a second degree in sign language interpretation.

Illustrator: Shauna Mooney Kawasaki


Chicago Jewish Star

“. . .a thoroughly charming and humorous story, with illustrations to match, that will delight both children and adults.”
Chicago Jewish Star

Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

“…this is a very hip Grandma, and the whimsical story line will greatly amuse little readers.”

Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

“A funny, cumulative story replete with ingredients kids know will be yucky, refrains they will love to act out and colourful, energetic pictures that make Too Many Cooks a welcome addition to Jewish storytelling for young children.”

School Library Journal

“Anyone who has ever celebrated a family holiday in which food is a key component will appreciate this clever picture book.”
School Library Journal

Washington Jewish Week

“This lively tale of a family’s preparations for the seder is utterly charming. . . should become a classic.”
Washington Jewish Week