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Eddie's Kitchen: and How to Make Good Things to Eat Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007
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"For finicky eaters, I prescribe 'Eddie's Kitchen'."(Independent on Sunday)
"The perfect way to introduce a five or six year old to helping make a few simple but satisfying dishes."(Spectator)
"Eddie's Garden was a great favourite and here comes another story-cum-how-to book that is even better. A rattling good narrative runs hand in hand with receipes. The illustrations, showing us a normal chaotic family kitchen rather than a sanatised version, ooze affection."(School Librarian)
This delightful book deserves to have a huge following, in families as well as in the classroom.(Books for Keeps)
"an entertaining story with Sarah Garland’s usual detailed and funny pictures of family life."(Carousel)
"Delightful… A lovely way to encourage families to enjoy cooking together."(Parents in Touch)
'Garland is an expert at depicting cosy, chaotic, loving and, in this case aromatic, family homes.'(Books for Keeps' Ten of the Best picture books valuing children's diverse families)
"The beauty of this book is that it is so homely, cosy, chaotic and inviting with both words, and pictures, simultaneously conveying the love, warmth and thought that go into making granddad's birthday party tea..."(Martine Horvath Early Years Educator)
About the Author
SARAH GARLAND is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Eddie's Garden and Eddie's Toolbox; Going to Playschool (9781845077204), Doing the Garden (9781845077211), Going Swimming (9781845077228), Coming to Tea (9781845077235), Going Shopping (9781845077259), Doing Christmas (9781845077242), Having a Picnic (9781845077266) and Doing the Washing (9781845077273); Billy and Belle (9781845070380); Dashing Dog (9780711219119); Polly's Puffin (97818447800275), Pass It, Polly (9781847800282), Zoom (9781845073466) and Azzi in Between (9781847802613).
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If you don't enjoy cooking with your children, don't buy this book as it's all about what a lovely activity this is and will raise your children's expectations of joining in with everything in the kitchen, and it even has recipes at the end, but if you do enjoy cooking together (or would like to try), you'll love this book. I also like the fact that it assumes children will eat and enjoy good home-cooked food.
I don't want to make it sound like it portrays an over-idyllic, unrealistic version of life as this is definitely a normal family - they get messy & stressed, the phone and doorbell ring at the wrong time, they run out of ingredients and they just look like normal people. It's not clear if it's about a single parent - could be read either way, which is nice.
My children love it and find it funny and I enjoy reading it to them.
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The way this book is written is amazing, it really is wonderful the way my daughter could follow it so easily from page to page, the flow was great. The illustrations were equally as wonderful, my child pointed out many of the small things on the pages leading to so many side discussions and stories...like the little kitten sleeping in the box, that is her favorite!
She was even able to pick up on the fact that Eddie was allowed to help with all the prep work but that his Mom did all the work on the hot stove and oven. This story will be not be outgrown anytime soon not only because it such a favorite, but also because there are parts of this story that go over my two year olds head at the moment that she will only pick up on as she gets older that will just add more dimension to this wonderful tale.
I don't know how Sarah Garland did such an amazing job writing a story that could reach children on so may age and intellectual levels but she did! I have already ordered several more books by this author and I can't wait to receive them.