Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!

Cook-A-Doodle-Do, written and illustrated by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999, Orlando, Florida

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This exquisitely illustrated book brings home what all experienced cooks know: If you don’t succeed the first time, just try again. Here Rooster sets out with his pals to orchestrate the production of a strawberry shortcake, using a recipe from  Rooster’s great, great, great, grandmother, the illustrious cookbook author, Little Red Hen.

After much calamity and kitchen mishaps, the cake is finally completed but, sadly, not to be consumed by this team of culinary journeymen. So, with great pluck and camaraderie- they set off to make a second cake since, after all, “ we don’t have to worry about messing up the kitchen. It’s already a mess.”

The illustrations are full of visual puns, and include sidebars of real baking information and anecdotes such as: “Tablespoons were named after the large spoons used at the table to serve soup, and teaspoons after the smaller spoons used to stir tea.” This book wins on all levels; it’s fun, beautiful and informative.

Activity: Cook a meal with family and friends, make sure everyone is involved and has a task to accomplish. Just as Rooster used a recipe from his great, great, grandmother, Little Red Hen, if possible, try a recipe that has been in your family, for generations.

Take time and read each of the sidebars, and use them as a basic baking lesson.

You can buy Cook-a-Doodle- Do at Amazon.


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