A lovely gift idea for children just old enough to chop and stir.

TASTY TREATS

EASY COOKING FOR CHILDREN

Basic recipes and useful kitchen tips fill this children’s cookbook.

With one spread per recipe and additional spreads to introduce kitchen utensils, tips on food storage, and encouragement for picnics and parties, this German import features fresh ingredients for meals, snacks, and beverages children (and their grown-ups) will enjoy repeatedly, with multiple variations suggested for each basic recipe. Recipes include pancakes with fruit, French toast, rainbow salad, easy ice cream (made of frozen fruit), fried rice, campfire bread, and more. Use whatever you have, and take advantage of leftovers, with recipes for veggie quesadillas and pizza with dough from scratch. Scoop out the flesh of a melon to use the shell as your bowl for a juicy fruit salad. Ginger-honey lemonade and berry mocktail recipes look especially tantalizing. The children occasionally featured in the illustrations are racially diverse. The ingredients are clearly illustrated for ease of reference at a glance, and the instructions are printed in a fairly large font with large numbers enumerating the steps and the need for adult help signaled when appropriate. Measurements are given in metric units, with English volume and weights in parentheses. Watercolor illustrations and well-chosen typeface make this an attractive, tastefully designed book for browsing and daydreaming as well as for getting busy in the kitchen.

A lovely gift idea for children just old enough to chop and stir. (Nonfiction. 5-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 24, 2020

ISBN: 978-3-89955-148-8

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Little Gestalten

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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Science at its best: informative and gross.

DO NOT LICK THIS BOOK

Why not? Because “IT’S FULL OF GERMS.”

Of course, Ben-Barak rightly notes, so is everything else—from your socks to the top of Mount Everest. Just to demonstrate, he invites readers to undertake an exploratory adventure (only partly imaginary): First touch a certain seemingly blank spot on the page to pick up a microbe named Min, then in turn touch teeth, shirt, and navel to pick up Rae, Dennis, and Jake. In the process, readers watch crews of other microbes digging cavities (“Hey kid, brush your teeth less”), spreading “lovely filth,” and chowing down on huge rafts of dead skin. For the illustrations, Frost places dialogue balloons and small googly-eyed cartoon blobs of diverse shape and color onto Rundgren’s photographs, taken using a scanning electron microscope, of the fantastically rugged surfaces of seemingly smooth paper, a tooth, textile fibers, and the jumbled crevasses in a belly button. The tour concludes with more formal introductions and profiles for Min and the others: E. coli, Streptococcus, Aspergillus niger, and Corynebacteria. “Where will you take Min tomorrow?” the author asks teasingly. Maybe the nearest bar of soap.

Science at its best: informative and gross. (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-250-17536-6

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Review Posted Online: April 16, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2018

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The many enchanting elements of dance and story in The Sleeping Beauty ballet come alive for young children.

BALLET SCHOOL

Read! Practice! Perform!

Three girls (Amirah, Violet, and Sahani) and two boys (Joonwon and Alejandro) take ballet class. They clearly demonstrate warm-up moves, basic feet and arm positions executed at the barre, and center-floor movements including jumps. Their facial expressions vary from happy to fretful. When they have performed their “reverence,” or bows, they are ready to move on to a performance of The Sleeping Beauty, a popular story ballet danced to a beautiful score by Tchaikovsky. Violet’s mom, a former dancer, enters to tell the children the story, and they act out the various roles, from the elegant Lilac Fairy to the evil Carabosse. Each role involves steps that they previously learned and very expressive facial and body emoting. Bouder is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and writes with enthusiasm and knowledge. The uncluttered cartoon illustrations are lively and colorfully detailed, depicting a multiracial cast (as hinted at by the children’s names). That Violet and her ex-professional mom are white somewhat undermines the egalitarian message. While it may prove challenging for readers to actually try the steps on their own, especially the jumps, they should enjoy practicing. When readers play the score (not included but readily available) in the background, correct ballet movement or simply expressive individual movements can result in a very enjoyable staging.

The many enchanting elements of dance and story in The Sleeping Beauty ballet come alive for young children. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-7112-5128-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2020

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