Feeding Friendsies

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The children are busily, gleefully preparing a grand feast: puddle-water soup, mud pie, and a dandelion-and-dirt dessert. Yum! The young chefs are creating these tasty dishes for their special guests, who chirp, wiggle, and hop. Suzanne Bloom, author of the best-selling Goose and Bear books, including the award-winning A Splendid Friend, Indeed, has created a delightful celebration of the joys of imagination and the fun of getting dirty. The cheerful, repetitive text makes this ...

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Overview

The children are busily, gleefully preparing a grand feast: puddle-water soup, mud pie, and a dandelion-and-dirt dessert. Yum! The young chefs are creating these tasty dishes for their special guests, who chirp, wiggle, and hop. Suzanne Bloom, author of the best-selling Goose and Bear books, including the award-winning A Splendid Friend, Indeed, has created a delightful celebration of the joys of imagination and the fun of getting dirty. The cheerful, repetitive text makes this a perfect book for reading aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The children's unique physical styles (from a wide-brimmed straw hat to a smattering of messy pigtails) shine. Give two green thumbs up for the joy of mud pies everywhere." --Kirkus Reviews

"This celebration of imaginative, outdoor fun is a tasty treat." --School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
The very first page welcomes young readers into this garden of friends through the open garden gate. Baby and the children are making lunch for all their wiggly, crawly friends. Lolly has made lunch out of flowers and leaves for the butterflies. Malik has made a mud pie out of mud and added a touch of sand sprinkles. His dish is for the chickadees. Suki has created a pot of soup from puddle water, pebbles and raindrops. Her delicious treat is for all the hoppy green frogs in the garden. Dylan is stirring up roots, twigs and dandelions to make a delicious dessert for the wiggly worms. All of the children are busy taking care of their friends in the garden while Nana is in the kitchen busily stirring up a lunch for these busy toddlers. After they thoroughly wash their hands, they are invited to join her for grapes, carrot sticks, tomatoes and sandwiches. The illustrations throughout are lively and bright with multicultural emphasis. The foods the children are presented in their meal offers a point of education for the reader. This is a beautiful story filled with detailed illustrations of animals, children, garden elements and food. Elements abound for sharing a read-aloud story and talking about all the things they see. Applicable for a science curriculum in Pre-K, this is a nice addition to any collection. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
PreS—Three preschool friends cook up a creative garden party menu. Malik makes a "yummy mud pie," Suki stirs a pot of soup "made from puddle water and pebbles, with a splash of raindrops," and Dylan's dessert features twigs and dandelions. The repeated refrain of "Will [s]he eat it?" is answered with, "Oh no, no, no." Their concoctions are for the enjoyment of the chickadees, frogs, and worms. Bloom's sunny, naive watercolor illustrations show the children joyfully playing in the dirt while a shaggy dog and a black cat watch with curiosity. After they work up a real appetite, Nana calls them for a picnic lunch. This celebration of imaginative, outdoor fun is a tasty treat.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Getting dirty has never been so much fun.

Creative preschoolers (and one toddling babe) explore the garden's rich, natural wonders. Each youngster concocts an inventive mix of dirt and grub, not for his or her own consumption but for the critters flying and hopping nearby. With gleeful abandon, the gardeners throw themselves into their activity, while the youngest participant cautiously observes until he serves colorful leaves for his stuffed friends' tea party. A question-and-response format encourages further discovery. "Dylan made a dirt dessert from roots and twigs / and chunks and clumps and dandelions. / Will he eat it? // Oh no, no, no. / He made it for the wiggly worms." Worn out from their morning play, the kids enjoy their own picnic from unseen Nana ("sticky bits, / crunchy munchies, pink drinks" included), and a well-deserved snooze soon follows. Page turns both maintain the pacing and call for participation. Watercolors focus on outdoor scenes dominated by appropriately earthy tones, and the children's unique physical styles (from a wide-brimmed straw hat to a smattering of messy pigtails) shine.

Give two green thumbs up for the joy of mud pies everywhere. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785294
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the picture books featuring Goose and Bear: A Splendid Friend Indeed; Treasure; and What About Bear? Some of her other books include No Place for a Pig, A Mighty Fine Time Machine, We Keep a Pig in the Parlor and the popular The Bus for Us. She lives in McDonough, New York.

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