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Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World Paperback – March 9, 2010
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This is a terrific discussion-starter book for parents and children. Not only is there the sexism parts, but there is also the theme of Justin being never shown how to do things (or made fun of when he tries) to the extent that he just stopped trying.
I was very surprised to see the "n-word" (it's on page 82 in mine) in a book geared toward such young children. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but I would not have known about it if I had not been reading the book with my son. They did not discuss it in school or let the parents know which is a shame, as it led to a few great discussions in our home about racism and the power of words.
Overall, a great book. It was nice to see some diversity in my son's required reading and to have a completely boy-centric book where the main character is not sickeningly perfect.
Grandpa takes Justin in hand and teaches him how to take care of himself. He learns to do "women's work", which isn't as demeaning or demanding as Justin had previously thought. The ranch itself is described in nostalgic terms, beautifully imagined. I wished I was there.
Justin learns how to check out the fencing on the ranch and prepare meals in the open. He reads about his family history in a book he notices in Grandpa's room. The reader learns a little history about black cowboys and exodusters, African Americans who went out west to take advantage of the Homestead Act. The notably grisly episode of an exoduster getting his hands cut off by night riders (whites who felt threatened by the exodusters' departure) was fairly shocking in such a sweet story.
The book culminates in Justin's trip to the Bill Pickett rodeo. There he wins some ribbons for skills he didn't know he had; makes a new friend at a pie-eating contest; and gains some self esteem. The `best biscuits in the world' are those that Grandpa entered in the contest. Justin learns the recipe and makes them for his impressed family.
I liked how this book educated the reader about black cowboy history, but didn't preach. The information was brought in naturally and didn't take center stage. This book would be of interest to most third graders.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love biscuits, I cant make them very good but I try. I added this to my cook books. Yes this is a good cook book. I would buy it again.Published 1 month ago by Henry H. Mccawley Jr.
I liked because it was adventurous and funny. I learned that many things are easy when someone shows you how.Published 18 months ago by Joey
My students enjoyed some of the activities as well as the novel.Published 20 months ago by Neil Dennison
Huge disappointment! This is a poorly written non-story, whose worthy but blatant purpose is to introduce a neglected area of African American history (black cowboys). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Teacher in San Franciscos
I loved the premise of the book - learning about work ethic within the family environment. I loved the setting and the incorporation of family history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by p31Mom
A delightful read. My seven year old is enjoying the vivid descriptions just as much as I am.Published on June 25, 2014 by rs
I read this book in class and it was really really good. There is a lot of action to keep your attention. The ending is my favorite part. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Jaxon Two
this book was amazing but i didn't like when grampa showed justin how to cut open a fish i think that is a little vigilant but i think that it was good if it didn't talk about the... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Jenna Johnson