Wednesday, September 23

Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!

We have about 30 books out from the library right now, some for pure fun and some for the betterment of the nine 5 and 6 year old minds I'm teaching in co-op this month. This book, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and her sister Susan Stevens Crummel, happened to be fun and educational.
I heard Janet Stevens speak many years ago and have since been a fan of her books and illustration. We picked this up not knowing it contained a recipe for strawberry shortcake, but once we read and enjoyed the story of Big Brown Rooster (great-grandson of the bread-baking Little Red Hen) and his friends making a cake, we had to make one to match.
The story takes Rooster through a process of being hungry, finding a recipe, recruiting help, making and eating strawberry shortcake. It's a cute and educational story in itself, but the authors have added side notes on several pages explaining elements of baking like sifting (above) or using measuring cups (In the story, Rooster's friend Iguana attempts measuring a pile of flour with a ruler) which add even more educational value to the book.
The book ends with Little Red Hen's recipe for Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake. The cake is a simple one-bowl recipe made with 7 ingredients plus the cream and strawberries. My kids and I found it very do-able, attractive and good to eat.

37 comments:

Amy said...

The cake looks delicious. It has a very homey, comfort food look about it. I like the book illustrations, too.

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I agree with Amy on both counts! Sounds like a wonderful book & I would enjoy seeing all the illustrations.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Mmmmm, we love this book, too! I am also a big fan of Stevens' work. This summer, I posted about how my son insisted we make strawberry shortcake from the recipe in the back of the book. It turned out to be quite delicious.

Carmel said...

I know you are new to homeschooling this year (this is our first year also)... there are some books called Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row that list titles of books and then give several different types of activities to do/play along with the stories. Thought you might be interested.

Happy Homeschooling! Good luck!

MJ said...

Such a great book! Susan Stevens Crummel spoke at the school I taught at a few years ago...all of her other books are worth checking out, too!

janice said...

Great looking cake! I read this to my kindergarten class every year as part of our Little Red Hen unit and send home the recipe in the book- glad to hear it turns out so well!

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Hi there, I think this is my first comment. :) That cake looks so good! As a kid, I always thought strawberry shortcakes were the best thing ever. Too bad fresh strawberries aren't easy to come by where I live.

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It looked just like the picture of the strawberry shortcake in the cookbook. ... Rooster: Cook-a-doodle-dooooo! Let's get cooking again!

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Susan Crummel was my geometry teacher in 9th grade! She is such a wonderful lady and I'm so happy her book is getting good reviews like this one! : )

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