Posts tagged with Food
24 November 2014 - Book Review: Cranberries
Age 04-08. 3 Stars. We’re all used to seeing cranberries turn up in the produce at Thanksgiving and Christmas, in juice on the shelf, and Craisins in the bakery department. Where do all these cranberries come from? Jaspersohn provides an elementary-level introduction to the history and cultivation of this native fruit…. I probably wouldn’t buy it, since most kids will learn what they need from it with one read, but it’s a great library checkout.
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Alligator Arrived with Apples
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crescent Dragonwagon presents a delightfully fun Thanksgiving feast, delivered by animals A to Z. For each letter of the alphabet, one animal joins the feast bearing an appropriate contribution, and the verb designating its delivery also matches the letter… This lighthearted celebration, with enjoyable wordplay and some incidental alphabet education, provides a need counterpoint to more serious Thanksgiving books.
13 April 2012 - Book Review: Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots
Age Adult. 4 Stars. Just in case gardening with kids isn’t exciting enough all on its own, Sharon Lovejoy takes it to a whole new level…
12 April 2012 - Book Review: My Backyard Garden
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. This attractive, accessible guide provides almost enough information for an enterprising older child to start a garden project without adult help, although a more encyclopedic resource is likely to be needed before the project is complete. If read aloud in small portions to early-elementary audience it can be an excellent tool to help explain gardening practices.
11 April 2012 - Book Review: Pie in the Sky
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. In this story, similar to Growing Vegetable Soup, a child narrator traces the growing cycle of a cherry tree…. This book is best suited for a preschool audience, although older children may also enjoy it, especially if they are artistically inclined or if they might have an opportunity to try out the recipe.
10 April 2012 - Book Review: Growing Vegetable Soup
Rating: This simple story introduces children to the basic growing cycle of garden vegetables. It opens with a child narrator stating, “Dad says we’re going to grow vegetable soup.” The narrator then explains in simple terms how the family goes about cultivating their vegetables, from planting to harvest. Ehlert illustrates each step with her characteristic [...]
9 April 2012 - Book Review: In My Garden, a Child’s Gardening Book
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Good gardening books never go out of style, and this is a great basic tool to give a young reader the fundamentals of growing a home vegetable garden.
24 September 2011 - Book Review: The Gingerbread Man
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Here is another delicious version of the classic story of the little Gingerbread Man who leaped from the oven and led a merry chase… This version strikes a happy medium between Galdone’s classic rendition and Egielski’s more modern twist on the story. It’s a rollicking read, suitable for preschool and elementary audiences.
23 September 2011 - Book Review: Apples
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. As apple season commences, parents and teachers will reach for nonfiction sources on America’s “most popular fruit.” This book is one of the most thorough picture book resources I have encountered.
31 July 2011 - Book Review: In the Rain with Baby Duck
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Although Baby Duck’s complaining attitude is nothing to be admired, every child can identify with being required to participate in some experience which they do not understand and may not appreciate. Grandpa’s sympathetic gentleness help the child change her attitude toward this family tradition, while reinforcing the generational connection through shared food and the handing down of prized possessions. The well-written text is simple and evocative, and perfectly complemented by the bright, pleasant illustrations. It’s a perfect read-aloud for preschoolers.
The Wart… did not like the grown-ups who talked down to him like a baby, but the ones who just went on talking in their usual way, leaving him to leap along in their wake, jumping at meanings, guessing, clutching at known words, and chuckling at complicated jokes as they suddenly dawned. He had the glee of the porpoise then, pouring and leaping through strange seas. — , The Sword in the Stone
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