Cake: Love, chickens, and a taste of peculiar

Cake: Love, chickens, and a taste of peculiar

by Joyce Magnin
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Cake: Love, Chickens, and a Taste of Peculiar 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Wilma Sue is a 12 year old girl who seems to be destined to spend her life hopping from one foster home to another......until she is put into the grey house of two sisters, Ruth and Naomi. As Wilma Sue gets comfy in the new house, she helps Naomi deliver special cakes to neighbors and discovers a strange secret. The cakes seem to have the power to make things happen to people who eat the cake, like making chairs float and magically putting goldfish in lemonade pitchers. Now, Wilma Sue is determined to find the secret ingredient in the mysterious cakes and finds out what it means to have a real family.  This book is a really good book. The author has a great flow and plot line; I want to read this book again! I can't really relate to any of the characters but maybe you can. I don't really enjoy the parts where snotty Penny is involved because it reminds me WAY to much of my little sister. There are some really good parts to the story, like reading about what happens to people who eat the cakes.  There is a lovely and happy ending that makes you feel like you already know what's going to happen after you close the book. It's one of those endings where you know everything's going to be ok, so there is no need for a sequel. The author writes in first person, and she never adds (or leaves out) to many details. This book is incredibly good and you should read it too.
Liberty_Ann_Ireland More than 1 year ago
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.