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on January 31, 2004
This story is Fourth-of-July-HOT and features a celebration of firecrackers, community and NOODLES!
To this reviewer, layered for Indiana's 20-degree-below-zero weather, these noodles - hot OR cold - sound even more comforting than in July. Norah Dooley and Peter Thornton are among my favorite New Englanders, a great combination since their 1991 debut with "Everybody Cooks Rice."
In "EVERYBODY BRINGS NOODLES" Carrie's brainstorm produces a block party. Her multi-cultured neighbors come through with a grand old-timey community gathering, dressed up with red, white and blue bunting, a food tent, talent show -- THE WORKS! Carrie is thrilled with each of the ethnic food contributions but wishes she had a TALENT to share.
I love the neighborhood, and "Mom's Pesto" and Mrs. Max who persuades Carrie that being the audience is also a welcome talent. The Dooley-Thornton books are good for reading aloud to all ages because there's never a time when FOOD doesn't produce smiles -- and even willing hands in the kitchen.
QUESTIONS: WHY isn't Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis) doing more publicity for this series, and also their "Small World" books? And WHEN will CHOCOLATE be the focus of a Norah Dooley tale?
Here I am snowed in with ALL the ingredients for "Mrs. Max's KUGEL" -- EXCEPT the cornflakes. Guess I'll have to send Carrie around the neighborhood to find some!
Enjoy the great recipes with Reviewer MCHAIKU.
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on October 7, 2014
We purchased a few of these stories by Nora Dooley and illustrated by Peter J. Thornton - they are terrific and have realistic "melting pot" themes with food bringing everyone together. I also love the setting of multifamily units and small apartment buildings. This book focuses on a block party and a talent show. I was surprised to find my nearly four year old was so enthralled by a relatively text heavy read, but the illustrations and story are very engaging and he come back to this again and again. Don't be fooled by the age recommendation - this is a great read for slightly younger kids with a solid attention span. We also have Everybody Bakes Bread (Carolrhoda Picture Books) and Everybody Cooks Rice (Carolrhoda Picture Books) such a nice little collection!
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on March 28, 2013
This book is a wonderfull way to introduce children to the richness of diversity, through the universal connector,food. This is one of a series of books that take us through a neighborhood of people enjoying and celebrating foods common to all .
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on February 9, 2014
This is a cute story about how all cultures have similarities we all might like to find out about and can identify with
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on July 25, 2014
Definitely my favorite of the series. Perfect summer story - good reader for 3-4 grade and reads aloud to younger.
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on August 28, 2015
Perfect for preschool.
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