Miriam Mouse’s family always celebrates Passover Belowstairs, while the human Winklers celebrate Abovestairs. But this year Miriam is finding it hard to get a piece of matzah to use for the Mouse family afikomen as the human family has decided to store their matzah in a tin. All seems lost for the Mouse family seder, until young Eli Winkler shares the afikomen with her.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||24|
Author: Susan Lynn Meyer
Susan Lynn Meyer is the author of several books, including picture books, as well as middle grade novels Black Radishes and Skating with the Statue of Liberty. She lives outside Boston with her family and her cat, Molly.
Illustrator: Mette Engell
Mette Engell is a self-taught children's illustrator and a surface designer. She lives by the ocean in Denmark with her husband and their three kids, two cats, and a lionhead bunny in a blue house filled with art supplies, picture books, and Legos.
“Two loving Jewish families live at the Winkler house: “Abovestairs” are the Winklers themselves; ’Belowstairs’—under the floorboards—is the Mouse family. All the inhabitants are anticipating Passover, but the Mouse family’s preparations are in crisis: the Winklers have put their matzah in a new, impenetrable tin (‘Nobody could chew through that,’ says Grandpa Mouse), and how can the Mouses have their Seder if they can’t forage for matzah? Leave it to the youngest, smallest members of each family—Eli Winkler and Miriam Mouse—to solve the problem: they turn the ancient ritual of finding the afikoman into an opportunity to restock the Mouses’ matzah supply. Meyer’s breezy, brief text lifts the story, and Engell’s wide-eyed, anxious mice should resonate with readers experiencing their own family’s holiday-related shpilkes.” —Publishers Weekly