In this deliciously imaginative book by sisters Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, a hungry and fed-up rooster suddenly recalls his famous Great-Granny, a fabulous chef who penned a book of recipes for future generations. He hunts down her cookbook--The Joy of Cooking Alone by L.R. Hen.
Rooster carefully turned the pages. "So many recipes--and I thought she just baked bread! Look at the strawberry shortcake!... Yes sirree--just like Great-Granny, I'll be a cook! COOK-A-DOODLE-DO-O-O!"
Upon settling down with this remarkable tale, every child's natural curiosity for cooking will likewise come bursting forth. There is a great basic story here, with plenty of creative spins on The Little Red Hen. In this version, Rooster--rebuffed by Dog, Cat, and Goose just like his Granny was--finds companionship in the kitchen with Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig. As Turtle reads the recipe aloud, Iguana continuously confuses the instructions to great comedic effect, Amelia Bedelia-style. (He tries to cut butter with scissors and beat an egg with a baseball bat.) Pig, on the other hoof, asks over and over for a chance to taste the batter. ("Looks mighty dry in there," said Pig. "Perhaps I should taste it.") Stevens's sure, friendly illustrations evoke a tremendous amount of character and activity in lightning-fast time. Take, for example, the cooking hats all the creatures don when they get to the kitchen: Turtle sports a copper-bottomed soup pot on his head, Iguana wields a candy-striped oven mitt, and Pig is wearing a kitchen towel, tied kerchief-style. They're ready!
Scattered through the story are sidebars with cooking tips that offer information on the ingredients, measurements, and techniques mentioned in the text. (Even if kids don't want to read them, they're quite handy for adults answering questions while reading.) Kids will love this lively, slapstick story of teamwork in action, and no doubt will want to try making strawberry shortcake! Fortunately, the recipe for "Great-Granny's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake" is in the back. (Ages 4 and older) --Jean Lenihan
It is a book I can enjoy reading just as much as my kids enjoy hearing it.
Rooster is making a strawberry shortcake (out of great gran's recipe book "the joys of cooking alone") and the animals are a delight in the kitchen.
The story is so funny itself and illustrations are well supporting the content.
I have shown this book to every mom I know. It is a precious, fun story with great pictures but it's also full of teachable moments. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Becca
Used this in a lesson plan for high schoolers to teach about why we measure, names of kitchen tools and how to read a recipe. Read morePublished 6 days ago by LSJ
Great for 3-4 year olds and their mothers who might long to experience the Joy of Cooking Alone once in a while.Published 1 month ago by M. Green
My daughter checked this book out from the library 6 times and we've made the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake 3 times. We read the story with voices as we follow the recipe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Desevilla
I first checked this out from the library and my boys loved it so much I had to buy it. My boys are now 9 and 11 and they still like to read this book and giggle! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Candace Ramsahoi
This is a wonderful book for children who love strawberry short cake and want to learn to cook. It is best if they are already familiar with the story of The Little Red Hen, or... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ann crawford
my son loved this book as a toddler, had to buy a copy for my grandson. This is a family favorite.Published 11 months ago by patty