Eddie's Kitchen and How To Make Good Things to Eat

Eddie's Kitchen and How To Make Good Things to Eat

by Sarah Garland
     
 

It is Grandad's birthday, and Eddie is helping his mother plan and prepare a birthday party for him — with Lily's help, of course! Using baked apples from their apple tree and eggs from their chickens, they soon fill the table with delicious birthday treats. But what did Lily do with all the carrots? Eddie’s Kitchen and How To Make Good Things to Eat<

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Overview

It is Grandad's birthday, and Eddie is helping his mother plan and prepare a birthday party for him — with Lily's help, of course! Using baked apples from their apple tree and eggs from their chickens, they soon fill the table with delicious birthday treats. But what did Lily do with all the carrots? Eddie’s Kitchen and How To Make Good Things to Eat capitalizes on young children’s interest in how food is cooked. The book includes fabulous watercolor illustrations and recipes for making delicious and nutritious treats for all budding chefs.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Grandad phones at 2 p.m., sings happy birthday to himself, and then announces, "I'll see you at six o'clock for my birthday party." Mum is horrified; the date has completely slipped her mind. But with a lot of help from her kids, capable Eddie and mischievous toddler Lily, she plans the meal, assembles the ingredients (even gathering eggs from their backyard chickens), cooks a festive dinner, and finally sits down by the fire with close to a dozen folks for spaghetti, salad, baked apples, homemade bread, and birthday cake. Garland cleverly weaves some playful patterns into the smoothly written story. For instance, Mum is interrupted several times-a neighbor to be helped, a baby to admire. In each case, "That took some time. But Eddie knew what to do." And Lily's antics, shown through the very appealing watercolors, are another constant thread. The accessible pictures convey an atmosphere of warmth and cheerful dishevelment. Readers will find recipes for the special dinner at the end of the book; the steps are clearly described, and the dishes look nutritious and tasty. While not a must-buy for every collection, this is a fun book that may inspire "from scratch" cooking for family celebrations.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Kirkus Reviews
It's Grandad's birthday, and Eddie's mum has completely forgotten. How can she make a meal on time? With help from Eddie and his little sister Lily, of course! Together, they start the bread, but a neighbor comes by to show off her new baby. Can Eddie and Lily knead it alone? No problem. Mum returns to make the loaves. Tomato sauce for the spaghetti is next. Unfortunately, the cat brings a mouse inside, and Mum has to take care of it. Eddie and Lily continue on, through this and more interruptions, baking apples and cake (complete with Lily's secret ingredient). The food is ready, but how will everything taste? "Mmmm!" sighs Grandad. The text, while on the long side, moves along in sprightly fashion, just like the kids; after each interruption, Mum returns to remark on the project's effects on Lily: "What an eggy, watery, tomatoey, floury little fairy princess you are." Colorful watercolors showcase each stage of this comforting story of a family working together. Sure to be a hit with young cooks. (recipes) (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845075880
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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