A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night

A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night

Written by: Ofanansky, Allison
Illustrated by: Teplow, Rotem
ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3

Set in Morocco, this sweet story of friendship and shared customs between a Jewish family and their Muslim neighbors provides a great introduction to the Moroccan Jewish holiday of Mimouna.

It’s Mimouna — the Moroccan Jewish holiday that marks the end of Passover, and when blessings are given for a year of prosperity and good luck. Miriam wants to help her mother make the sweet moufletot pancakes they always eat at their Mimouna party, but after following the rules of Passover, they don’t have any flour in the house! So Miriam’s mother takes her to visit their Muslim neighbors, who are happy to share.

The women drink tea together, and Miriam makes friends with a young girl named Jasmine. Miriam almost drops the bag of flour when she and Jasmine go to fetch it from the storeroom — but luckily Jasmine is there to catch it! Jasmine and her family then join Miriam’s family and friends to celebrate Mimouna.

This sweet story of friendship and shared customs will introduce North American readers to the Mimouna holiday. The book concludes with an author’s note and a recipe for making moufletot, the sweet, paper-thin pancakes featured in the story, so that readers can enjoy, too.

Key Text Features
recipes
author’s note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

Set in Morocco, this sweet story of friendship and shared customs between a Jewish family and their Muslim neighbors provides a great introduction to the Moroccan Jewish holiday of Mimouna.

It’s Mimouna — the Moroccan Jewish holiday that marks the end of Passover, and when blessings are given for a year of prosperity and good luck. Miriam wants to help her mother make the sweet moufletot pancakes they always eat at their Mimouna party, but after following the rules of Passover, they don’t have any flour in the house! So Miriam’s mother takes her to visit their Muslim neighbors, who are happy to share.

The women drink tea together, and Miriam makes friends with a young girl named Jasmine. Miriam almost drops the bag of flour when she and Jasmine go to fetch it from the storeroom — but luckily Jasmine is there to catch it! Jasmine and her family then join Miriam’s family and friends to celebrate Mimouna.

This sweet story of friendship and shared customs will introduce North American readers to the Mimouna holiday. The book concludes with an author’s note and a recipe for making moufletot, the sweet, paper-thin pancakes featured in the story, so that readers can enjoy, too.

Key Text Features
recipes
author’s note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Oct 27, 2020
Specifications 36 pages | 8.2575 in x 10.625 in

Praise for author Allison Ofanansky and illustrator Rotem Teplow for A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night:

Mimouna com­mem­o­rates the new season’s sweet­ness with­in the cycle of the Jew­ish year, and the cross-cul­tur­al exchange mir­rored in the friend­ship between two girls. … high­ly rec­om­mend­ed.” — Jewish Book Council

“Families unfamiliar with Mimouna will welcome the discovery. … A festive holiday celebration.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] good addition to a library collection where children can learn about other holidays and cultures.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This introduction to an important holiday and sharing will be a welcome addition to many collections.” — School Library Journal

“[A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night] does an excellent job of showing the interconnectedness of kind neighbors to one another.” — A Fuse #8 Production Blog

"This delightful story introduces the reader to a new community as well as a new holiday … The author and illustrator subtly pack large amounts of information into a gentle story.” — Association of Jewish Libraries


Praise for author Allison Ofanansky and illustrator Elsa Oriol for The Patchwork Torah:

“Surprisingly inventive and genuinely uplifting, this story beautifully and subtly ties together two key Jewish precepts: l'dor v'dor (generation to generation) and tikkum olam (repair the world).” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers may close the cover thinking that a picture book?like a Torah scroll?can be essential.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Praise for author Allison Ofanansky and photographer Eliyahu Alpern for How It’s Made: Hanukkah Menorah:

“This informative and engaging book is highly recommended for all ages as the explanations are simple enough to be understood by preschool listeners, although the content has substance and will interest older readers as well.” — Jewish Book Council

Audience ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3
Key Text Features recipes; author's note
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6