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My Very Own Birthday: A Book of Cooking and Crafts

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Five "themed" birthday parties are outlined from soup to nuts, from invitations to party favors. The ideas are fairly well described, with patterns provided for the more complex crafts. The recipes are simple, with photographs provided to help assemble the creations appropriately. Two pages review cooking safety. The origin of birthday parties warrants another page. The parties described would be most popular with the very young, as older kids would probably find the themes fairly lame; however, kids that young probably won't be doing much cooking. The book is most useful as a resource for idea-seeking families and people who work with young children.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-West presents five party themes and menus: Alien Adventure, By the Sea, Pizza Party, A Purrfect Pet Party, and Starry, Starry Night. Each theme suggestion opens with a double-page, full-color photograph that shows the decorations and generally low-fat, low-sugar foods; readers must refer back to this spread to compare their efforts with the finished products. While the ideas presented hold the most appeal for younger children, the recipes require middle graders with previous cooking experience to create them with minimal supervision. The recipes are quick and fairly simple, with clearly written directions. The "Cosmic Candy Cup," which involves two plastic cups decorated and put together rim to rim, is a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. A brief history of the tradition of birthdays is included as are the directions for the card game, "Go Fish." Children will enjoy creating their own party, and this book gives them the tools to do so easily and attractively, with a little help from Mom or Dad.-Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876149805
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: My Very Own Holiday Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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