Did you know that December is READ-A-NEW-BOOK MONTH?
The holiday season is upon us…I know that many bloggers will be reviewing holiday-themed books. Here’s one that celebrates, not Christmas, but a child’s unique qualities.
Arianna and the Strawberry Tea
Written by Maria Faulconer
Illustrated by Katy Arnsteen
Publisher: Ideals Children’s Books (Hambleton Hill Publishing) 1998
Ages: 4 and up
Believing in oneself, confidence, rule-bending
One snowy evening, Arianne and her parents arrive at a posh hotel. While her parents are dealing with the taxi and the luggage, little Arianna walks into the hotel and charms the housekeeping staff, the doorman, the manager of the hotel dining room and all of the restaurant patrons. When her parents discover her in the dining room and inform her that this hotel does not allow children, all of Arianna’s new friends refuse to let them leave and Arianna and her parents are given the Presidential Suite.
Why do I like this book:
As I read this story, I was reminded of the Fancy Nancy series. The illustrations and story are charming…and Arianna charms everyone she meets. This is a wonderful book for children who need an infusion of confidence…and, at the back of the book, are some recipes for the items Arianna ordered, an infusion of Strawberry Tea and delicious-looking Chocolate Tarts.
MAKE SOME CHOCOLATE TARTS
Photo courtesy: http://www.devonportchocolates.co.nz
The recipe in the picture book calls for heavy cream and is, perhaps, a little complicated for very young children and busy parents. Here’s a much easier way to do it so that your child can help and it will take only a few minutes.
You will need: One package instant chocolate pudding, milk, small ready-made tart shells, can of whipped cream and a bowl. If you want to make this treat a little healthier, you can use organic pudding mix and whipped cream.
- Make the chocolate pudding according to package instructions.
- Spoon chocolate pudding into each tart shell.
- Top with whipped cream, if desired.
- You can decorate the whipped cream with candy sprinkles or other mini-candies for a more festive look.
- Keep in the refrigerator in a covered container.
- These make lovely gifts for neighbors or teachers.
Why not have a tea party for your child and a few of his or her friends?