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"'Always chicken feed! Day after day--year after year--I'm sick of it!' squawked Big Brown Rooster."

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

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Stevens (Tops and Bottoms) and her sister cook up a boisterous romp as four animal friends set out to bake a strawberry shortcake. Rooster, tired of pecking for chicken feed, remembers that his famous great-grandmother (the Little Red Hen) wrote a cookbook, and in it he finds the recipe. Turtle, Iguana and Pig volunteer to help. If left solely to the text, the rest of the comedy-cum-cookery lesson would be fairly predictable: Turtle, reading the recipe, announces they need flour and Iguana rushes outside to pick a petunia; asked to beat an egg, Iguana hoists a baseball bat. (Handsomely illustrated sidebars explain most of the directions in depth.) Rooster sets Iguana straight while Pig keeps wanting to taste everything in sight. The illustrations, however, are startling in their pop-off-the-page dimensionality. In her characteristic style, Stevens mixes media, seamlessly combining paints, photos and computer art to witty effect; readers will want to look very closely to determine what's from real life and what's from a palette. Wearing their silly chef's hats (an inverted saucepan, an oven mitt, a kitchen towel and an apron), the four animals create a whirlwind of activity on every spread. Presiding adults should note that the strawberry shortcake recipe at the end is not as foolproof as the story would imply, even with the information in the sidebars; kids, enthused by the kitchen frolics depicted here, will surely want to attempt it. Ages 4-8.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152019243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152019242
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 13, 2000
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Look out Amelia Bedelia! Big Brown Rooster and friends are cooking strawberry shortcake and the misunderstandings abound! Literal interpretations and great illustrations make this an extremely entertaining picture book. Read the book, create the shortcake, and eat it! The recipe included in the text is fantastic.
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Not only is this book highly enjoyable, it is also very educational. Teachers, and parents alike, will enjoy sharing this delightfully funny story with children everywhere!
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This is a fantastic book!Such thought has gone into the illustrations even the paper it was drawn on was made by hand.

It is a modern update of the Little Red Hen theme, "won't anybody help me make bread", but this time, although Dog, Cat and Goose wont, Rooster gets Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig.

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.

It is uproariously funny as Roosters assistants get everything wrong and Pig keeps wanting to eat it.

The book includes a recipe at the end for the cake they bake and on the side of the pages it has information and tips on cooking!

Hints on baking powder, measuring equipment, where butter comes from and so on and so forth.

Everything you need to bake a great cake, and what's more, explain to the kids just why you're helping them do what they're doing.

The illustrations are a luscious visual delight and the cake is worth salivitating over - this book is so clever that you'll be giggling with the kids as you read it.

Ages 2 up.

Kotori 2004
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The animal's expressions are SO animated that it is a visual DELIGHT as well as a fun read ! What a treat !
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A wonderful, funny, very well illustrated book for children (and fun-loving adults). It is educational, but children won't notice that - they will just notice the hilarious characters, colorful illustrations and funny story.

What attracted me to the book initially were the educational sidebars that explaine, on a child's level, some of the concepts of cooking.

Certainly a book worth the small price.
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This is a great book that has lots of depth. My three year old loves the repetition and the characterisation, without realizing he's learning concepts and facts about food and cooking. It's clearly their favorite book.
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By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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Not only is the book very creative and a great attention getter!!! But if you make the Strawberry Shortcake recipe in the back of the book you will find it wonderful. My son enjoyed making the shortcake with his grandma on the 4th of July and all of us enjoyed eating it!!!
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This is one of those children's books that has just about everything going for it and absolutely nothing against. It amuses, it teachers, the illustrations are wonderful and it is not the kind of book that will drive the adult reader around the bend after reading it dozens of times.

The author and illustrator have taken the general overall theme from the classic, The Little Red Hen and turned it into a rather hilarious teaching book...a cookbook that is bound to stimulate a child's natural curiosity about cooking.

The Big Brown Rooster is sick o eating chicken food, day in and day out. He wants something different..."What's a hungry rooter to do," he moans. Ahhhh, suddenly remembers that his famous great-grandmother, the Little Red Hen was something of a legendary cook. After prowling around the chicken coop a bit he finds the Little Red Hen's cookbook and discovers she made much, much more than bread. As he flips through the book his eyes land on the recipe for "Little Red Hen's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake." This is it..."I will make it," he says.

Of course dog goose and cat all turn him down when asked if they want to help but all is not lost because Turtle, Iguana and of course Potbellied Pig and al enthusiastic and ready to go.

And the preparations and baking begin. This is where it gets funny. They try cutting butter with a saw, sifting flower by crawling through it, measuring ingredients with a ruler and on and on. Rooter though knows his business because he has Little Red Hens book and finally the wonderful strawberry shortcake is made.
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