Zachary's Dinnertime

Zachary's Dinnertime


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ISBN-13: 9781595723291
Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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Zachary's Dinnertime 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Homeschoolbookreview on LibraryThing 17 days ago
If you are a kid, do your parents make you help with things at dinnertime? Zachary¿s parents do! He has to set the table, with forks on the left and knives and spoons on the right. He has to peel the potatoes, chop the vegetables, and toss the salad. He has to clear the table, wash the dishes, and dry everything. He hates it! So for one whole week, he visits in his friends¿ houses for dinner. Yukiko¿s family is Japanese-American. Elisa¿s family is Mexican-American. Guy¿s family is Israeli-American. Edward¿s family is African-American. Samir¿s family is Indian-American. Each home has such yummy food, and all his friends help with their meals. What important lesson does Zachary learn? And what will he do with his new knowledge? I can still remember my sons¿ occasional whining when they were small and required to assist Mom in the kitchen, although they did learn better. Besides just being a neat story that youngsters will like to read or have read to them, Zachary¿s Dinnertime has multiple benefits. First and foremost is the importance of children¿s accepting responsibility to help with meals at home. There is also the emphasis on the fun that can be enjoyed when a family does chores like this together. And kids will be introduced to the different foods and cultures of Zachary¿s multi-ethnic friends. Do you know what falafel and chutney are? Lara Levinson¿s text is easy to read, and Cornelius Van Wright¿s whimsical illustrations almost tell the tale all by themselves. I give this book a high five!
book4children More than 1 year ago
First off, I absolutely love the illustrations. Cornelius Van Wright has some stellar drawing skills! The story itself is pretty fun, too. Zachary visits his friends homes and eats dinner with them. He gets to experience many different cultures over the course of a week and then share his own culture with his friends. I like how Zach learns that helping out around the house isn't a drudgery, although the reason WHY is somewhat vague.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand what message the author was trying to convey...I had hoped for a book encouraging children to be open to food that is maybe different from what they are used to but instead it kept harping on the fact Zach was waited on by the other families and not being a fan of helping in the kitchen at home.