Spring 2019

Matzah Belowstairs

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

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.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-54152-168-1
$17.99 $13.49
978-1-54152-169-8
$7.99 $7.99
978-1-54154-213-6
$35.99 $26.99
978-1-54155-406-1
$39.98 $29.99
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2019-02-01
BISACS JUV017120, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 640
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“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

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 grew up on Zealand, the largest island in Denmark. She lives by the ocean with her husband, three children and two cats, in a blue house filled with art supplies.