2017-03-01 / BookBag

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Anita Ditz | Schlow Centre Region Library

Almost everyone has a treasured food that brings back childhood memories: birthday cake, mom’s best soup, or sandwiches with the crusts lovingly cut off.  Whether your taste buds lean toward sweet treats or salty fare, you can find a cookbook with recipes that satisfy your cravings. And reading books with food themes can also serve a double function — a good read coupled with ideas for new tasty tidbits that even the pickiest eaters might enjoy.

ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet
by Juana Medina Rosas
Rosas combines many varieties of pasta with a circus theme that depicts performers juggling, soaring and tumbling their way across the alphabet. The alliterative phrases accompanying each letter add to the fun (basil balancing ballerinas, fettuccine fire-eaters…). Children will delight in pointing out the various types of pasta that become hair, bodies or even zip-lines! The whole family will be clamoring for an Italian dinner after finishing this book. Preschool-Grade 1

The Sandwich Swap
by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Salma and Lily are best friends at school and enjoy playing together and eating lunch. Lily loves her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Salma enjoys hummus on pita — but each girl thinks the other lunch looks yucky or gross! A careless comment leads to an argument that culminates in a cafeteria-wide food fight. The conflict is resolved when Lily and Salma trade sandwiches, and the book ends in a school-wide ethnic smorgasbord. Preschool-Grade 1

The Chocolate Touch
by Patrick Skene Catling, Illustrated by Margot Apple
Deprived of sweets and chocolates, John finds a lost coin and purchases a box of chocolates. He is disappointed to find only one piece of chocolate in the box — but the next morning he discovers that everything that touches his lips turns to chocolate. Toothpaste is chocolate, water fountains spout chocolate — this is a dream come true — until he kisses his mother goodnight and she turns into a chocolate statue. Grades 1-5

Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples: Children’s Cookbook
by DK Publishing
You may be familiar with The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. Did you know she has also written cookbooks for younger readers? Pretend Soup and Salad People contain delicious vegetarian recipes written in a format that engages children. Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples is one of many titles published by DK that helps children develop basic cooking skills and also entices them to “try something new!” All ages

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