Book Review: Feast for 10

Rating: ★★★★☆

Feast For 10 is a warm, rhythmic story about a family taking a trip to the grocery store and preparing a meal to enjoy together.  Each page introduces a number with an action: “One cart into the grocery store/ Two pumpkins for pie/ Three chickens to fry…” and so on, counting up to ten twice.

The book has much to commend it: on a cultural level, the story features a large family, which is cheerfully cooperative and hardworking without being annoyingly sweet.  The children play an important role in the food preparation, and the ritual of sharing a meal together helps underscore their familial unity.

On an aesthetic level, this well-written book is illustrated with high-quality collage art, and it easily incorporates the counting exercise without detracting from the story.  Because of its rhythm and rhyme, it will be well received by a preschool and early elementary audience.

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Publication Information: Falwell, Cathryn. Feast For 10. Sandpiper. 1993. ISBN: 0395720818.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on December 15, 2010

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