Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity

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The Zills family is off to Paris to see the sights and take a class at the International Pastry Academy! In class, Matt and Bibi have to measure liquids to make lollipops. It’s hard work, but knowing about different liquid measurements comes in handy when the Inspector General pays a visit while everyone else is out.

The twins want to help. Will their knack for baking the best-ever brownies and their knowledge of capacity be enough to save the ...

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Overview

The Zills family is off to Paris to see the sights and take a class at the International Pastry Academy! In class, Matt and Bibi have to measure liquids to make lollipops. It’s hard work, but knowing about different liquid measurements comes in handy when the Inspector General pays a visit while everyone else is out.

The twins want to help. Will their knack for baking the best-ever brownies and their knowledge of capacity be enough to save the day?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Thinking back to the staid math texts of my youth, I would say that kids today are fortunate to have Cindy Neuschwander's math stories as the basis of their arithmetic learning. In this story, twins Matt and Bibi learn about liquid measurements on a family trip to Paris. After reading American measurements and French measurements, they help make lollipops and cake. The next day, they have to be even more creative and bake a dessert special enough to impress a Parisian inspector. They opt for classic brownies with ice cream from their French cooking instructor's recipes. But when it turns out quite different from planned, will it save—or sink—the day? Jumping back and forth between American and international measurements may be a challenge for some readers, but this book should succeed in at least introducing the concepts. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Twins Matt and Bibi return in another math-and-travel adventure. This time they trek with their family, and the dog, to Paris, where they visit the pastry academy Les Jumelles Coccinelle. (Oddly, no English translation of the name is woven into the story, and its clever double entendre will be lost on most readers without a French dictionary handy.) Chef Celine puts the twins in charge of liquids, setting in motion, via conversational text and bold, bright, and amusing watercolor illustrations, basic lessons in American standard and metric liquid measurement. When the Inspector General of French cooking schools suddenly announces a visit, the siblings save the day by employing their newfound knowledge of volume measurements (and Riley's tail) to whip up a winning, unusual ice cream. C'est magnifique! While children will enjoy the twins' slapstick culinary adventures and take in a miniature math lesson with Parisian flair in the bargain, this title will be most useful as a supplemental, more literacy-focused addition to capacity measurement units. An endnote offers adults numerous (and more realistic) ideas for activities.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews
The Zills twins are off to Paris with their family, and their success with brownies leads their father to suggest they try cooking school. Matt and Bibi are put in charge of the liquids and quickly discover the importance of careful measurements. Opportunities to measure and compare liquid amounts (cups, pints and quarts) abound as the twins drink French drinks, cook and experiment with equivalent liquid measurements. Their newfound know-how comes in handy when they have to impress an important school visitor in Chef Celine's absence. While this in no way replaces the hands-on experimentation necessary for learning about capacity and equivalent liquid measures, it does serve as a good reinforcement of those concepts, and the backmatter provides activities that will get children measuring. Langdo's watercolors round out the twins' personalities and accurately reflect the text but are less effective in illustrating the actual measurements and equivalencies. Although a nod or two are given to metric measurements, this French cooking school inexplicably uses English units as well, misrepresenting the near-universality of metrics as an international system. (Picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805083149
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 322,205
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

CINDY NEUSCHWANDER is a third-grade teacher and the author of the Sir Cumference series. She lives with her family in northern California.

BRYAN LANGDO is the illustrator of several books for young readers. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Nikki, and their son.

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