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Cake: Love, chickens, and a taste of peculiar

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    The description of 'Mary Poppins meets Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle' made

    The description of 'Mary Poppins meets Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle' made this a book I could not pass up. Add to that the bright, cheery and fun cover and the subject matter and I knew I had to see if this was a book for my girls.

    The Good: Fast-paced and filled with beautiful, colorful illustrations, reading Cake: Love, chickens, and a taste of peculiar went by quickly. While I originally thought this was a light-hearted and cheery book, I quickly learned that underneath the fun lie a serious and often painful subject - foster care. Children are so easily affected by what goes on around them and while little Wanda was pretty skeptical of Naomi and Ruth, she made an effort and each day held some fun, some mystery and above all, love. The theme was clear and the characters endearing.

    The Not-So-Bad: This could easily have been a very serious and sad book. Thankfully Ms. Magnin knew exactly when to interject some levity and love to keep that from happening. Being an orphan is a difficult situation at best. I have had to do my fair share of studying about the wheres and the why-for's in hopes of being able to be a good mom for my sweet girl born in China. Sometimes we don't have all of the answers. Sometimes we just have to do the best we can and have faith for the rest of the answers. Ms. Magnin did an excellent job of making that very point.

    The Snuggly: One of my favorite parts of the story was when Naomi and Ruth had put Wanda to bed and kissed her goodnight. Wanda put her hand up on the place where they had kissed her and held it there, perhaps all night, she thought. She was beginning to feel that maybe they did love her and that she could accept that and love them right back. The struggle she goes through emotionally is well documented via Wanda's thoughts and her diary but Snuggly wins out in the end.

    The Rest: While I am not too sure about Mary Poppins, I saw some zany antics reminiscent of Mrs. Piggle -Wiggle for sure. This is such a great way to teach children compassion and consideration for others, under the guise of a fun and silly book, with a little girl (or two) that need love and understanding. I would be honored to give this book to most little girls, most especially my very own.

    **Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Cake: Love, Chickens, and a Taste of the Peculiar by Joyce Magnin for free from DJC Communications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. All links were current when posted.

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