About this book
A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night
Allison Ofanansky • Rotem Teplow
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
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
About the Creators
Allison Ofanansky was born in the US and moved to Israel in 1996, where she lives in the village of Kaditah with her husband, Shmuel, and daughter, Aravah. She has previously written the Nature in Israel and How It’s Made series, and The Patchwork Torah, illustrated by Elsa Oriol, which won the National Jewish Book Award. She works as an editor/translator and volunteers with various organizations working on behalf of community, ecology, social justice and women’s issues.
Rotem Teplow lives and works in Israel. She graduated from Shenkar College of Design in 2016. Her recent books include The Eternal Soldier, written by Allison Crotzer Kimmel, and Two Bears: An Epic Journey of Hope, written by Patricia Hegarty. She also does illustration work for newspapers and magazines.
Awards and Praise
Praise for The Patchwork Torah by Allison Ofanansky, illustrated by Elsa Oriol:
“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
Praise for How It’s Made: Hanukkah Menorah by Allison Ofanansky, photographs by Eliyahu Alpern:
“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