JUST RIGHT STEW by Karen English

JUST RIGHT STEW

by & illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 9
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 This charmer of a story revolves around the construction of an oxtail stew as witnessed by Victoria, a loving granddaughter who knows how to keep a secret. Big Mama's daughters are attempting to make her stew, without her help, for a party in her honor that evening. But the stew's just not right, and Victoria watches as her mother and aunt decide first that dill, and then lemon pepper is needed. Before the stew is served up, others will have arrived with cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper. Then Victoria and Big Mama, alone in the kitchen, add one essential ingredient, sugar. English (Neeny Coming, Neeny Going, 1996) does a fine job of getting right into Victoria's head as she experiences the push and pull of being a youngster among many adults, and she also conveys the pleasures of the banter and squabbling of a large family. Rich's illustrations add immeasurably to the mix, vividly depicting the gathering of big, bold personalities as the family converges on the pot of stew. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1-56397-487-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1998




MORE BY KAREN ENGLISH

ChildrenTHE NEW KID by Karen English
by Karen English
ChildrenIT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English
by Karen English
ChildrenTROUBLE NEXT DOOR by Karen English
by Karen English

MORE BY ANNA RICH

ChildrenBLACKSMITH'S SONG by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
ChildrenUNDER THE NIGHT SKY by Amy Lundebrek
by Amy Lundebrek
ChildrenFROM MY WINDOW by Olive Wong
by Olive Wong