Up Summer Reading"
(Snacks For Kids)
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COOKING UP READING!
It's a fact--most kids don't read a book all summer. But they do eat!
Chances are they'll gobble up reading if they get their hands on
WHAT'S COOKING IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (Linworth Publishing,
ISBN 1-58683-005-8), a unique cookbook by Gwynne Spencer.
It's full of hundreds of snack recipes that kids will love making--and
love eating. Each snack ties directly to a children's picture book so
it will feed their m inds as well as their stomachs. Snacks range from
simple chocolate chip cookies (George and Martha's Pea Soup) to Too
Many Tamales Pie to go with the Gary Soto book. One of the grosser
recipes is Rotten Ralph's Kitty Litter Cake which looks just
like slightly used kitty litter and you serve it in a kitty litter
pan with a scoop.
There are recipes for Rainbabies in a Drawer, Rainbow Goblin cookies,
and Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise Smoothies that look wonderful and
taste even better. Getting kids reading this summer may be as simple
as picking a recipe, going to the library and checking out the
story book and then whipping up the snack that goes with it.
Most recipes require little or no cooking, often only a
microwave or crockpot. Many use mixes and easy shortcuts rather than
recipes from scratch, and most are totally yummy if you're a kid
( I do have my doubts about the Bird Pie to go with The Twits,
Summer camp counselors will get a kick out of the easy-to-make snacks
that feed twelve kids, and summer reading programs will be infinitely
enriched by having kids bring snacks to weekly storytimes! Although
the volume is a bit pricey ($36.95 cover price, but Linworth is having
a 20% off sale through the end of July) the book is totally
worth every penny.
If you're envisioning autumn, falling leaves, new lunchboxes and such
WHAT'S COOKING IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE would be a great
"beginning of the school year" present to give
to your child's teacher who will undoubtedly use it when
planning the monthly snack calendar. To order, call Linworth
Publishing, 800/786-5017. They take Visa/MC, purchase orders and
Matthew Scholz is a freelance writer and biochemist who lives in
Seattle. He invites your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.