It gets a little
boring eating matzah for eight days straight. One of the fun things about Passover is
finding those creative ways to eat all the matzah we buy.
I am the older sister, of a boy four years younger. My
brother Steven. Steve. Stevie. Steve Yolen who lives in Brazil.
So the story of Miriam resonates for me--that oldest sister,
a seeress/author, a musician, a leader of her people who both works for and sometimes
defies the Lord.
Quite a few readers notice that the majority of my picture
books read like poems. Even if they don’t rhyme. They use all the
trappings of poetry: lyricism, metaphor, simile, rhythm, internal rhymes, alliteration,
This is not happenstance nor mere chance. I wrote my first
poem (rhymed though not particularly well rhymed) in first grade. (I was kindergarten age but as I had been reading
since three years old, my parents and teachers decided I should be skipped