PPBF: Summer in a Bowl

The third week of every month is pretty special around here. On Saturday, we’ll welcome our Will Write for Cookies author, Joan Leotta. And that means that today, we’ll be featuring one of her picture books for Perfect Picture Book Friday. If you’d like to see all of this week’s other wonderful perfect picture book reviews, please hop on over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

With the end of the summer closing in on us, I found the perfect one.




Written by Joan Leotta

Illustrated by Rebecca Michael Zeissler

Published by Theaq Publishing (2016)

Age: 5-9

 Themes:  Gardening, family togetherness


From Amazon: “Summer in a Bowl” is a wonderful introduction to the joys of gardening and cooking with children. Rosa spends every Thursday helping Aunt Mary tend her garden. On this last Thursday of the season, they harvest the vegetables and cook them. Rosa finds that vegetables can be delicious and discovers a new way to preserve all of her summer fun.”

 Why I love this book:

  • I love stories that promote family togetherness
  • It reminded me of the fun my children had helping me in our big vegetable garden when they were growing up…my younger son still loves to garden…and enjoys cooking with fresh vegetables all the time

 How parents can use this book:

  • Great opportunity for intergenerational family activities
  • Perfect way to help a fussy eater expand his or her choices
  • Children will gain an appreciation for where food comes from

 Related Activities


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This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, dear friends and readers. If you enjoyed the post, please share it on Facebook or Twitter or whatever social media channels you prefer.

And please do come back tomorrow for:





About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on September 16, 2016, in #2013AFCC, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. What a great book for rounding off your summer Vivian. When growing up I loved spending school holidays and weekends (if I was lucky) with my grandmother. She was a great gardener and cook. I always had such fun with her. I have gained her green fingers and love of cooking (when in the mood) 😉 Kids will certainly love this and learning about different plants and vegetables. Years (and years) ago my hubby and I went apple and peach picking on the back of a tractor down country. Was such fun. Thanks for sharing Vivian.

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    • Diane…I am a huge fan of fruit picking and vegetable gardening! And my grandmother also had a green thumb…don’t know that I inherited it, but I hobble along as best as I can. The basil did great this year, but I won’t talk about the beans and peas that a deer helped himself to..or the tomatoes that are just now coming into their own…and it’s going to get cold pretty soon. I got stuff in late this year…will try to do better next year. 😉

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  2. This book looks lovely. I’m getting hungry reading your review. I look forward to tomorrow’s post!

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  3. What a wonderful choice, Vivian, with so many great related activities! And now I totally want to go apple picking and make apple crisp! 🙂

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    • Oh yes…apple crisp…that is Stuart’s favorite. I actually make it every week…it is his dessert whenever he has a cup of coffee or tea. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Susanna…and thanks for being our Perfect Picture Book Friday fearless leader. 😉


  4. I really love your choice for the end of the summer. I loved working in the garden with my dad and eating raw vegetables. I loved helping my mother can vegetables for the winter and make fresh applesauce. Great activities!

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    • Yes, I can remember my son, Peter, eating the corn as we walked up the hill to the house…he couldn’t wait, Patricia. My mother wasn’t into baking or canning…but my grandmother was…and luckily we lived with her from the time I was 10…that was lots of Saturday mornings of baking apple pie. 😉


  5. mariagianferrari

    I love that cover, Vivian! I look forward to checking this one out too 🙂

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  6. I like books with different kinds of family relationships and especially ones that show how fun gardening can be!

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  7. What a fun title! We joined a CSA this summer and the fresh veggies are amazing. What a wonderful book to discuss healthy eating with kids. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. This sounds like a great book for my little niece. She’s only 3 but she already loves to help Grandpa in the garden.

    Thanks for posting about it, Vivian.

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  9. the cover looks yummy! what better way to end the season than with food! We’ve been making salsa this week – too many tomatoes.

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  10. Wonderful idea for a book! My grandkids love helping me plant the garden and harvesting when it’s time. Just like my daughter did. 🙂

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    • Yes…my grandson helped a lot last year because he spent a couple of weeks with me…his favorite was to water the garden with the sprayer…and of course, he probably got wetter than the veggies did. Thanks so much for stopping by, Pam.


  11. What a lovely book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

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