Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings

Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings

by Dr. Julia E. Antoine

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ISBN-13: 9780991187959
Publisher: ENVISION Business & Computer School Publishing
Publication date: 02/21/2015
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings is a contemporary fiction novella for preteens and children, grades 4-6, written and designed by Dr. Julia E. Antoine. Kacie had been promised chicken and dumplings on the night before her birthday, and she had been looking forward to that treat all day. She was what her parents called a picky eater, but it wasn't her fault that she didn't like the same things that her parents and older sister, Sandra, liked. When she got to the dinner table and found fish stew with root vegetables waiting for her, she had had enough. It was time for a food strike. She still had a bit of breakfast in the morning and as little as she could of the awful school lunch, but no dinner. After a few days, she was starting to feel weak and tired all the time, but still no chicken and dumplings. Her mom and big sister were not terribly sympathetic, but her dad was concerned enough to get her something she had wanted for an awfully long time -- a puppy. She was thrilled with little Callie and promised to take care of her properly, train her, and take her on walks, but she still wasn't ready to give up on the hunger strike until her dad told her that her mom was thinking about taking her to the doctor. Dr. Julia E. Antoine's contemporary fiction novella for children and preteens, Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings, captures the sometimes chaotic and confusing world preteens find themselves in. Kacie can't wait until she's 13, her big sister's age, and the first of the teen years. Things seem so much simpler for Sandra who has taken it upon herself to be Kacie's minder, tormentor, and arch-enemy. Worse yet, Sandra seems so poised and perfect, and it’s all so effortless. Kacie's world quickly changes when she gets Callie, who's her dream come true, but also a challenging new responsibility. Also, her best friend, Holly, seems more interested in the new kid, Paul, who seems to be smarter than Kacie -- something else she's not at all comfortable with. Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings is an entertaining and well-written story that kept my attention and interest throughout the tale. Antoine's illustrations are polished and professional and work so well to bring this story to life. The vocabulary used is age-appropriate with a few challenging words thrown in from time to time, and the story touches on a few important preteen issues, such as sibling relationships, first crushes, friendship, and academic competition. Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings is highly recommended.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Kacie is ten-almost-eleven -years-old and she is determined to have her most favourite food of all for  dinner....chicken and dumplings.  Her parents promise to make her her dinner of choice but somehow it never gets made.  They opt for fish and root vegetables, their favourites.  She was hoping her sister Sandra might support her, but alas it is not to be.   Kacie then decides to go on a hunger strike.  For three days she refuses to eat until she gets her beloved meal set before her.  Her dad, who she is closest too, brings her a puppy in return for his favourite daughter to eat once again.  Kacie takes the bait (but not the fish and root route) and makes up her mind she will indeed eat once again making her family very happy indeed.   Her best friend Holly is ecstatic over Kacie's new puppy and together they work with the pup to train him and together they politely ask her parents if perhaps they could make the chicken and dumplings. The coveted dish turns out to be a family project and the two friends stuff themselves until they can hold no more.   A new boy, Paul, starts attending their school and Holly becomes enamoured with him leaving poor Kacie out in the cold.  But guess what?  Paul is more interested in talking to Kacie although she hardly gives him the time of day.  Will she change her mind and accept his friendship?  Will Holly be upset and not be her friend anymore because of her interest in the new boy?  What a dilemma!   This book has a wonderful message supporting family life and working with each other through family member's idiosyncrasies. I loved the fact that Kacie involves her whole family in her decision making and that her parents were very willing to support and work with their daughter to bring about a happy ending.  Strong family units are very important and this message came through very powerfully in the book.   This book is written in chapter format and is perfect for ages 8-12.  It is the 8th book in "THE TOO CLEVER" series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book I think that many girls ages 8-12 will enjoy this story and be able to relate to it. I read it with my 11-year old son and we enjoyed it, although I do think it is geared towards girls. Self Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.