“Wishing on Matzo Ball Soup” is a delightful and heartwarming novel that captures the essence of the emotions of young girls on the cusp of becoming teenagers. We meet the main character, Ellie, a spunky character with a special love for her “Bubbie” and the Deli that has been in their family for several generations. We read as Ellie swings between childhood in her belief that she can wish her troubles away by “Wishing On Matzo Ball Soup” and her journey toward adulthood, during which Ellie and her best friend formulate a plan to save the deli. One of the many highlights of this book is the inclusion of fun recipes. Greenwald takes the reading experience to a whole new level by exposing us to recipes and customs that are part of the Jewish community. Also, each recipe is accompanied by a delightful illustration. These visuals enhance the reading experience and transport the reader further into the story’s enchanting world. The illustrations bring the characters and their emotions to life, making connecting and rooting for them easy. “Wishing on Matzo Ball Soup” is a lovely novel that combines spunky characters, a kind-hearted atmosphere, fun recipes, and beautiful illustrations. Lisa Greenwald’s writing will provide the young reader with a character that serves as a reminder that a kid can make a difference in another person’s life. The tale she weaves will surely stay with the reader long after turning the last page.
With Yom Kippur arriving on Monday, perhaps you might want to break your fast with a delicious bowl of Matzo Ball Soup.