Age 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 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.
Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by author James Dean and illustrator Kimberly Dean
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Pete is throwing a pizza party however many of his friends prefer different toppings than Pete’s pepperoni. With everyone’s input, they put together a combination pizza that is pleasing to all. My Book Eyes liked seeing other activities that characters do during the party i.e. bouncy house. The art is vibrant and follows the Pete the Cat style.
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 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 by author Bridget Heos and illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Age Range: 8 years – 12 years
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.