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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980965
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 20.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of jolly wheezes and projects, from tree-houses to treasure hunts (Guardian)

Praise for Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer:
'This treasure of a book is packed with lovely recipes to transport you back to childhood' (Eve)

Praise for Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer:
'An amazing book, heartening and delightful ... everybody should read this book ... what parenting is supposed to be about' (Vanessa Feltz, BBC Radio London)

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Jane Brocket is the creator of the hugely popular website www.yarnstorm.blogs.com , which has a huge international following. She is the author of the Gentle Art of Domesticity and Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer, both published by Hodder & Stoughton. A Master of Wine and a lapsed PhD student, she lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children. To find out more visit www.janebrocket.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Gough on 22 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
Doing What Children-Characters Do in Great Children's Books
This superb book is one I would have liked to have written.
Jane Brocket has looked back at what must have been some of her favourite reading as a child, and/or as an adult reading classic children's books, and identified things that the characters in the books do.
Then she has provided extra explanation and encouragement so that YOU can do them too!
Naval flag semaphore, for example, used as a code, in Arthur Ransome's "Winter Holiday".
Having a spontaneous picnic in a tree, as Pippi Longstocking does: tossing mugs up from the ground to her friends sitting on branches, ...
And many more!
The choice of books is amazing.
The activities are engaging.

This book is a double-stimulus to DO THINGS (real activity, not just watching MTV, playing computer games and Wii, and FaceBookery and online whatevering), and to READ and/or re-read great books.

As a child, decades ago, I was similarly inspired to try eating the thinly sliced dark brown bread, and thinly spread margarine, and thinly spread jam, served in Eric Williams' classic World War II escape story "The Wooden Horse".
I similarly enjoyed the games and activities and origami in "Rupert Bear Annuals".

An absolute must-have for school and town libraries, and for every Middle Years school teacher!
John Gough (Australia) - jagough49@gmail.com
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Nicholl on 3 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I only got it today but have already devoured it! We head off to Scotland in a few days time and I am so excited about the things we will be able to do that I would not have originally thought of. When reading Jane Brocket's book I was transported back to my childhood...how I wanted (longed!!) to be one of the Famous Five, or dreamt of living in a house like Green Gables!

The place where we stay has so many opportunities and because my daughter will have the company of another little girl this year the ideas in the book will provide countless hours of fun....combing the beach and rockpools, adventures in the forest, roasting marshmallows as we watch the sunset over the lough and Scottish mountains.....!!! Maybe there'll even be lashings of ginger beer!!
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By jean larkin on 16 Sep 2014
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I love this book.
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