217. “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel


Not sure how it has happened but I have a great sous-chef in my kitchen. Nope, it is not my husband. It is our little preschooler. We make pancakes, waffles and muffins together and we don’t even make a horrible mess. It hasn’t always been so smooth, though. During our trial period, for example, when I asked my son to crack an egg, he first gave me a perplexed look and then excitedly squashed the egg in his hand.   Apparently, the cooking jargon can be confusing and not only to my little boy…

Big Brown Rooster, bored with his daily chicken feed, decided to bake a cake from his grandma’s, (who happened to be Little Red Hen) recipe book. He needed helpers and he found three eager ones: Turtle, who “can read recipes”, Iguana, who “can get stuff” and Pig who “can taste”. Unfortunately, although the candidates got the job in the kitchen, they had a hard time meeting expectations. When Iguana was supposed to fetch some flour, she brought a petunia,  his way of sifting flour was diving into it and he measured it with a  ruler. Pig wanted to taste every ingredient and Turtle added his icing on the cake when he dropped it on the floor. Luckily, Rooster’s fountain of patience was overflowing and he didn’t mind starting all over again. Practice makes perfect. And so was the second strawberry shortcake: perfect.

Judging from the pictures, it looks delicious indeed. Me and my son will surely use the recipe provided in the book and try it out. And for now, I can assure you that the book is a treat in itself. A scrumptious read for every little child, who wants to dab into the art and vocabulary of cooking. It is a great area for experimenting and nurturing creativity. Besides, I also believe that my son needs to know his way around the kitchen. After all, it is not a ladies-only area.

Secondly, the book is also a delight for every little spelling bee. They will surely be interested to hear that flour and flower are pronounced the same (heterographs) and that the word measure has a few meanings (homonyms).

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