Today is Friday and this is my 450th blog post! I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here.
We are still surrounded by crates and boxes – moving 2000 miles was exhausting, but so worth it! In the morning, our grandson greets us with a cheery, “Good morning, Grandma! Good morning, Grandpa!”
In the evening, we play games and read stories before bedtime. Last night, we were able to celebrate his birthday, in person!
One of the stories on Jeremy’s bookshelf is an oldie by Russell and Lillian Hoban. It’s PERFECT for International Day of the Girl.
A BARGAIN FOR FRANCES
Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Publisher: Harper and Row (1970)
Ages: 4 and up
Friendship, getting along with others
“It was a fine summer day, and after breakfast Frances said, ‘I am going to play with Thelma.’ ‘Be careful,’ said Mother.”
Frances, a young badger, helps her best friend, Thelma, learn about what being a good friend means. When Thelma tricks Frances into buying her old plastic tea set, Frances must find a way to get the tea set she really wanted AND teach Thelma that, ‘Being careful is not as much fun as being friends.’
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud for younger children…older kids will enjoy reading it themselves
- Wonderful message about friendship, trust and getting along with others
- Illustrations really show how Frances is feeling
How a parent can use this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Fun easy reader
- Opportunity for discussion about what it means to be a friend
- Make up silly rhyming songs like Frances does
Why not arrange a play-date for your child with a friend? They can help make these Mini-Muffins – and then have their own little tea party, just like Frances and Thelma!
Photo courtesy of: http://www.cookingwithmykid.com/breakfast/mini-multigrain-cranberry-muffins/ Visit the site for many more ideas for cooking with children.
Here’s a kid-friendly simple and nutritious mini muffin recipe from my book which is now on sale on Amazon for only $14.95. Please remember all of those preschool teachers, daycare providers, babysitters, parents and grandparents who would LOVE to receive a copy for Christmas this year!
FROSTED ORANGE SESAME MINI MUFFINS
You will need: 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, ½ cup white flour, ¼ cup ground sesame seeds, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, ½ cup yogurt, ¼ cup canola oil, ½ cup honey, 1 Tb grated orange zest, juice of one orange, 2 bowls, 1 oiled mini muffin pan, electric mixer, whipped cream cheese, raisins.
- Mix flours, ground sesame seed and baking powder in large bowl.
- Beat eggs, yogurt, orange zest, orange juice, honey and oil in another bowl and add to dry ingredients.
- Gently blend and then spoon into muffin cups – 2/3 full.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until muffins are golden.
- When cool, frost with cream cheese and decorate with raisins.
- Makes 2 dozen – store in airtight container and refrigerate.
Reasons to invite your kids into the kitchen:
- Builds self-esteem as they master tasks
- Helps picky eaters try new things
- Teaches children about where our food comes from
- Develops math, science and reading skills
NEW AND EXCITING BLOG SERIES COMING!!!!
WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
I’m thrilled about an upcoming project that I have been working on. On the third Saturday of each month, I’ll be interviewing a picture book author or illustrator. WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES will feature authors and illustrators from around the world.
Being around my five-year old grandson, I am reminded daily how CURIOUS young kids are. They are ALWAYS asking questions! In this new series, I’ll be asking five questions – WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY. I hope the answers provided will be educational and entertaining, especially for aspiring authors and illustrators.
In addition, each guest will share their FAVORITE cookie or treat recipe – we all know how important it is to keep up our strength while we
Award-winning author/illustrator Iza Trapani has graciously agreed to lead off the series on October 19. Coming up in November will be picture book author and founder of Perfect Picture Book Friday, Susanna Leonard Hill. Author, movie-maker and child advocate Susanne Gervay, RA of SCBWI Australia, will finish off the year in December. I hope you will all stop by and then share the links so others can enjoy the interviews as well.
The blog project will become a book containing a baker’s dozen of these interviews and recipes. If you are an author and/or illustrator of picture books and you would like to participate, please email me at email@example.com.
- PPBF/International Day of the Girl (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)
- Yasmin’s Hammer – International Day of the Girl (childrensbooksheal.com)
- 6 Reasons Today is International Day of the Girl (mentalfloss.com)
- The Mouse and His Child (somanybooksblog.com)
- International Day of the Girl (ladyeconomist.com)
- International Day of the Girl Child observed on 11 October – Jagran Josh (jagranjosh.com)