Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by author Dee Romito and illustrator Laura Freeman

PiesAge Range: 6 – 9 years

Publisher: little bee books

Publucation Date: Novenber 6, 2018

This picture book biography sheds light on Georgia Gilmore, a cook, who made a significant contribution to the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott by preparing meals. She worked collectively with others who were interested in raising money to purchase vehicles and fuel so that the Black community could still travel in Alabama while seeking justice by boycotting public transportation. After she testified in court about the mistreatment she experienced by a bus driver, Georgia Gilmore was fired from her job. She opened a home based restaurant. All people loved her cooking. Dr. King and other civil rights leaders often ate at Georgia’s. Illustrations are large with high contrasting colors which makes this a terrific book for children to view in a group setting. Included is an author’s note and a recipe for Georgia Gilmore’s Homemade Pound Cake. My Book Eyes finds it interesting to read about how different people worked to create civil rights changes.

In Search of the Gingerbread Man

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In Search of the Gingerbread Man by author/illustrator Timi Bliss with a contribution by Chef Michelle Gayer

Publisher: Independently Published

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

In this rhyming picture book, a girl named Charlie accompanies her mother to a bakery called the Salty Tart. Charlie and her mother assist Chef Michelle Gayer in making gingerbread cookies. The story becomes a mystery when a cookie escapes the kitchen. Children will eagerly turn pages or listen intently to the reader as they follow clues then learn the gingerbread man’s motive for leaving the bakery. Illustrations are colorful with characters that portray a variety of societal  roles. My Book Eyes finds this book ideal for children 2 – 8 years of age with the younger end being captivated by the story and illustrations and the older end enjoying following the included recipes for cookies and icing.

 

Thank You, Omu!

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Thank You, Omu! by author/ illustrator Oge Mora

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

A woman named Omu cooks up a fragrant stew. The aroma alerts the olfactory senses of many townspeople. Each person follows the scent to Omu’s house. She graciously gives visitors portions of her stew which eventually leaves her without any for herself. The townspeople show Omu similar kindness. The collage illustrations show varieties in occupations and ethnicities. My Book Eyes marveled at discussions that this book could generate including collaboration, helping others, occupations to name a few.

Oge Mora plans to be at Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Click on EVENTS above for information about Brooklyn Book Festival.

Thank You, Omu! was selected by Jumpstart Read for the Record 2019 to be read nationally on November 7, 2019. https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/

Apple Farmer Annie

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Apple Farmer Annie by author / illustrator Monica Wellington

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Puffin Books, Reprint edition

Publication Date: August 19, 2004

Annie is an apple farmer who grows a variety of apples. She makes apple cider, applesauce, cakes, pies, muffins, dried apples and candy apples. Additionally, Annie drives to the city where she sells her goods at a farmer’s market. Many scenes show enlarged pictures of items that are in the busier scenes on opposite pages around the text. For example, at the farmer’s market, a scale, cash box, money, apples and cider are pictured on the left page. These pictures can extend discussions about the book. Words are in large print size which is helpful for the reader. Illustrations have highly distinguishable details. Four recipes are included. They are for applesauce, apple muffins, applesauce cake and butter frosting. This book can be used in addition to cooking projects.

From Grapes to Jelly

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From Grapes to Jelly by author Bridget Heos and illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Age Range: 8 years – 12 years

Publisher: Amicus

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

Jelly is so regularly consumed that My Book Eyes decided to read this nonfiction picture book. From viewing grapes dangling from vines to preparing to eat a jelly stuffed sandwich, readers examine actions and employees involved in creating this sweet spread. Detailed information coupled with revealing and inviting illustrations enhance the learning experience. My Book Eyes gained knowledge about a harvester. A glossary, websites and information to investigate further are included.

Pizza at Sally’s

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Pizza at Sally’s by author/illustrator Monica Wellington

Age Range: 3 years – 7 years

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 1, 2006

In this picture book,  the  audience learns  to make a scrumptious cheese pizza in Sally’s pizza store. Sally gathers tomatoes in a community garden, receives delivered bags of milled flour and purchases cheese at a neighboring store. This business owner shows readers that her ingredients come from a variety of places. Anticipation displayed on customers’ faces will have viewers also wanting to go to Sally’s for a slice. Many action verbs sprinkle this story as Sally creates her pizza pies. Illustrations are striking and easy to understand. At the end of this book there is a recipe for making pizza.

 

Dough Knights and Dragons

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Dough Knights and Dragons by author Dee Leone and illustrator George Ermos

Ave Range: 5 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

When a knight stumbles upon a dragon’s cooking supplies, a friendship brews. Except, aren’t dragon’s suppose to devour knights and knights suppose to slay dragons? As a competition that expects  them to destroy each other draws near, one deep fried disaster sparks a witty idea. What begins as an activity shared by two, changes policy in Magical Kingdom in this rhyming picture book. Appetizing story. Gourmet illustrations.

 

Christmas Cookie Day!

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Christmas Cookie Day ! by author Tara Knudson and illustrator Pauline Stewert

Age Range: preschool – grade 2

Publisher:  Zonderkidz

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

In this rhyming board book,  a bear and cub teach readers how to make holiday cookies. Great book to read to a children’s cooking group or to enjoy at home or school with youngsters. Illustrations show details associated with  the text so  children learn words related to baking cookies. This book comes with a Christmas Cookie Day recipe.

 

 

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Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

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Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

With spring upon us and indoor and outdoor markets displaying a variety of scrumptious fresh foods I decided to review this book. Just viewing the pictures and reading the text makes My Book Eyes feel well nourished.  Edna Lewis, a famous chef, grew up in the south.  This book concentrates on Edna’s younger years as she works with her family on their farm gathering nature’s bounty throughout the seasons and preserving foods to eat during winter. There is an author’s note and recipes included. Boldly colored illustrations add to this book’s appeal.