Over the past year we’ve shared lots of recipe ideas to go along with some of your favorite stories. This month we’re focusing on books that have recipes in them already and that have units to go along with them (for FREE!) at Homeschool Share.
If you’ve enjoyed Cranberry Thanksgiving, you should definitely try Cranberry Christmas! The residents of Cranberryport want to go ice skating, but Cyrus Grape claims the skating pond is his and won’t allow it. It’s up to Mr. Whiskers to try to save the day for the town’s children! This book includes a recipe for Maggie’s delicious cranberry cookies.
In A Song for Lena, Lena helps her grandmother make strudel (the recipe is included) and hears a story from her grandmother’s childhood. A wandering musician asks for some bread, but the family gives him some of their strudel instead, and the musician repays the kindness with a tune on his violin. This same scene is repeated year after year, until one year when the musician no longer comes. This is a sweet story of kindness you will love to share with your children.
Thunder Cake is also a story of a grandmother and granddaughter cooking. In this book, there is a rapidly approaching thunderstorm which frightens the young girl. To take her mind off her worries, her grandmother has her help gather the ingredients to make a cake.
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! is a funny book that tells the story of Rooster, the great-grandson of the Little Red Hen. When he remembers that his famous great-grandma is also a cookbook author, Rooster and his friends decide to make her delicious strawberry shortcake. Each of the animals adds his own special something to the cooking process and you’re sure to enjoy the results!
If you’re looking for a good historical recipe, Goody O’Grumpity is a wonderful book to share with your kids. In this simple story, Goody O’Grumpity, a Pilgrim woman, bakes a cake that has everyone in town waiting to try a piece. Your children may be surprised at the difference between cakes now and then, but no matter how different the outcome, they will love the story and the memories.
Hopefully this will give you a start on planning some fun learning experiences for the new year! I’m so excited about some of the great things we have cooking up for Cook with Books in the coming months! Happy cooking and reading!