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Fairy Tale Breakfasts: A Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters
Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, and Philipe Beha
Publisher: Windmill Books
Publication Year: 2010
Every year my daughter decides she wants to try a new hobby. When she was seven, she wanted to become a fashion designer. So I bought her fabric, needle and thread, and plenty of books. For most of the year she made clothes for her dolls, drew outfits for hours in her sketchbook, and put on fashion shows.
When she was eight, she decided to that she was tired of designing clothes and wanted to become a scientist. So once again I bought books about different areas of science, gave her my old biology textbooks, and searched for science-y things online. The whole family participated in the various experiments she tried.
I call my daughter’s interests expensive. Her fourth-grade teacher calls them part of my daughter’s schema.
Now that Pip (pronounced Pipe), is nine, cooking is her newest interest. For the past six months or so, we’ve checked out dozens of cookbooks from the library, coping some of our favorite recipes. We’re making our own personal cookbook and one of the things we’re doing is cooking one new recipe every week. Some weeks have been better than others. With most of the family suffering from colds, we haven’t been cooking much.
I wanted to share with you all, one of the books we’ve checked out a few weeks ago: Jane Yolen’s Fairy Tale Breakfast. The book is the perfect combination of fairy tales and recipes. It contains four fairy tales such as “The Runaway Pancake” and “The Magic Pot of Porridge”, followed by a recipe that relates to the story. Each story is entertaining and each recipe is simple enough for a young child to understand and try with an adult’s help.
We haven’t tried the recipes in the book yet but the fairy tales have kept us entertained enough that I would definitely recommend this book.
Also written by Yolen and company:
- Fairy Tale Lunches
- Fairy Tale Dinners
- Fairy Tale Desserts
- Fairy Tale Feasts