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Excerpt - Matzo Ball Moon

      On the morning of Passover, Eleanor woke up bright and early and ran downstairs to the kitchen. Mama and Daddy were sitting at the table drinking their coffee.
      "Where's Bubbe?" Eleanor asked. "Isn't she here yet?"
      Mama put a bowl of cereal down at Eleanor's place.
      "She'll be here soon, Eleanor. Come eat your breakfast."
      "Is Bubbe going to make chicken soup with matzo balls?" Eleanor asked.
      "I hope so," said Mama.
      "I hope so," said Daddy.
      Eleanor lifted a spoonful of milk from her bowl and blew on it, pretending it was chicken soup, still too hot to eat. Then she took a bite of cereal and pretended it was a sweet, chewy matzo ball.
      Eleanor's big brother, Joshua, raced into the kitchen, gulped down his orange juice and ran out to catch the school bus just the way he always did.
      "Don't forget, Bubbe's coming today," Mama called after him.
      Then Daddy left for work, and Mama cleared the breakfast dishes.
      Eleanor waited and waited and waited. At last she heard the chug-chug-chug of Bubbe's car pulling into the driveway.
      "Bubbe!" Eleanor ran outside to give her grandmother a great big hug. Bubbe was soft and round and smelled like a flower garden. "Bubbe," Eleanor asked, "are you going to make chicken soup with matzo balls?"
      Bubbe thrust her hands on her hips and pretended to be insulted.
      "Do the leaves tumble down from the trees every fall?" she asked.
      "Yes," said Eleanor.
      "And do the flowers come up from the ground and blossom every spring?"
      "And does your bubbe make chicken soup with matzo balls every year for Passover?"
      "Yes," said Eleanor, "yes, yes, yes!"
      "Well then, said Bubbe, "What are we waiting for?"
© 1998 Lesléa Newman


Reviews - Matzo Ball Moon

"A wonderful family story that fulfills children's needs for continuity and love in their lives." --Daily Hampshire Gazette

"A humorous, warm-spirited intergenerational story." --School Library Journal

"Matzo Ball Moon is a delicious food-based story whose ingredients include not only Bubbe's famous Passover chicken soup with matzo balls but allso the special relationship between young Eleanor and her bubbe." --Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

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