from fivestarfoodie.com

One of our family’s favorite books is Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. It’s about a grandmother who teaches her granddaughter, step by baby step, to have courage in the face of her own fear. A thunderstorm is coming and the little girl is hiding under the bed but her grandmother entices the little girl out with the prospect of making a Thunder Cake, which can only be made during a thunderstorm. The really wonderful part of this book is that there’s a recipe at the back – and as odd as it sounds to add tomatoes to a chocolate cake – go ahead and put them in. It adds to the moistness of the cake.

The author, Patricia Polacco has a webpage for this book with some goodies like email postcards you can send, discussion questions, and links to the National Weather Service that explain about thunderstorms.

Another book we’ve enjoyed is How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Pricemen. (She also illustrated another Kindermusik of the Valley favorite, ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN by Lloyd Moss.) Ms. Helen originally read this book to us in a Kindermusik class, but we quickly decided we needed to get our own copy. It was featured on an episode of Reading Rainbow and you can hear it read by Helen Mirren. The reading starts at 7:40, though there’s some fun discussion about cooking at the beginning of the show. This book is about a woman who wants to make an apple pie but when she goes to the grocery store to buy ingredients, the store is closed. So she decides she needs to gather the ingredients from the places of origin – Italy, France, Sri Lanka, etc. A great travel AND cooking book! And, of course, a recipe is included!

-Merry Obrecht Sawdey, Kindermusik Educator

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