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  • SubGenre:Holidays & Celebrations / Hanukkah
  • Age Range (years):3 - 8
  • Language:English
  • Pages:32
  • Hardcover ISBN:9798350931457

The Little Matzah Ball Who Wanted to be a Meatball

by Aaron Pickus

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The Little Matzah Ball Who Wanted to be a Meatball is a recipe for friendship and finding the unique ingredients that make you, you. 


The book's food puns and relatable message that everyone belongs will be a familiar flavor for adults and kids who know what it feels like to be different. I'm a first-time author, who grew up as one of the only Jewish kids in a predominantly Italian neighborhood. Fast forward 30 years, and my co-author and Italian wife and I have been blessed with a Pizza Bagel of our own. One of the major goals of this story is to teach children that it's ok to be unique, and that you should take pride in the distinct traits that make you special.

About the author

Aaron Pickus and Marissa Sala Pickus are first-time authors and new parents to a beautiful baby boy, Harrison Walter. They live in Rockville Centre, New York and enjoy eating pasta, binging bad reality tv and playing with their sweet mini goldendoodle, Maisie.

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The Little Matzah Ball Who Wanted To Be a Meatball "The Little Matzah Ball Who Wanted to Be a Meatball" is a very heartwarming story for both children and adults. It teaches acceptance of one's own and each other's differences and uniqueness and celebrates friendship. The illustrations are vivid and beautiful--you are drawn to each page. The story is engaging, you can't wait to turn the page and see how it ends. Read more
Delightful and heartwarming!! "The Little Matzah Ball Who Wanted to Be a Meatball" is a delightful and heartwarming children's book that combines humor, identity, and the joy of embracing one's uniqueness. Written with charm and illustrated with vivid colors, the story follows the journey of a little matzah ball with big dreams. The protagonist's desire to be a meatball is both endearing and relatable, offering young readers a valuable lesson about embracing one's uniqueness. The author skillfully weaves themes of identity, diversity, and the importance of self-love into a narrative that is both engaging and thought-provoking. The illustrations are a literal, visual feast, bringing the characters and their emotions to life. Each page is a testament to the book's commitment to celebrating differences and encouraging acceptance in a world that can sometimes be challenging for young minds to navigate. "The Little Matzah Ball Who Wanted to Be a Meatball" is a wonderful addition to children's literature, promoting not only a love for reading but also fostering essential values of tolerance and understanding. It's a charming tale that sparks conversations about individuality and the beauty of being true to oneself. Read more
The Little Matzah ball who wanted to be a meatball I loved it. The story and illustrations were terrific. A wonderful book for children to read. Sharing our differences with children to show how we are more similar with a love of food, community as well as family is a wonderful message that Aaron and Marissa have shared. A must read!! Ellen and Janis Read more
The Little Matzah Ball Who wanted to be a Meatball Such a great book with a great storyline for all ages. The kids love the Character's and their adventures where the Adult in the room understands the meaning of the book. In the world we live in today this book is spot on. I recommend it for all ages and hope they come out with a series of books for the Kiddo;s Read more