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Review! The Great Sugar War by Benjamin Ellefson

11 Apr

The Great Sugar War
Written by Benjamin Ellefson
Illustrated by Kevin Cannon
168 pages – ages 9+
Published by Beaver’s Pond Press on December 28, 2016

Synopsis- We return to the Land of Color to follow the tale of Otto, who is the grandfather of Alvin, the main character of The Land Without Color (see my review HERE)! Otto was sailing on a new boat he got for a present, but went off course and ended up rescuing up a soldier whose ship had sank. The Land of Color is at war with the Land of Shapes, and Otto has got himself into the middle of it all. Using his ingenuity, Otto and the soldier work together to stop a new menace – the evil sugar soldiers. Now that the Lands of Color and Shapes have a common enemy, can they put aside their differences to stop them from taking over?

What I Thought- This is a nice prequel to The Land Without Color, andEllefson keeps the spirit of the first true to this book as well. I like that there is a message about eating good healthy foods, but it isn’t forced upon the readers – just subtly stated as the better option. That is good, so kids won’t be turned away from eating veggies as much. Ellefson has a great writing style, where you really connect with the characters. I also like that the character of Otto inspires ingenuity, because even if a problem arises he will look around and find a creative way out of the problem. This is a really neat series; I like how there are things that occur in it that have blatant disregard for the laws of reality – that makes it more fun! I cannot wait for the last book in this series!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Perfect Picture Book Friday! So you Want to Grow a Pizza? by Bridget Heos

24 Jun

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it tells you about how to grow what you need for a pizza in simple ways.

GYF_Pizza_cvr2.inddSo you Want to Grow a Pizza?
Written by Bridget Heos
Illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
24 pages – ages 6+

Published by Amicus Ink on February 2, 2016

Theme/Topic- Making your own food/Eating healthy

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Pizza is delicious. Have you ever wondered where it came from? Like all food, it comes from plants and animals. How would you like to grow a pizza at home?”

Publisher’s Synopsis: “If you really wanted to grow a pizza, you’d need a wheat field, a cow, a pig, a vegetable garden… and you’d run out of room quickly! The sensible narrator advises each child gardener to start small, and they all gain an appreciation for fresh ingredients by the end of each book. A young boy wants to grow his own pizza, learns where the many ingredients come from, and learns how to grow the ingredients to make pizza sauce. Includes kid-friendly pizza sauce recipe.”

What I Thought- This is a really nice book, with gentle humor, present in the tone that the words and illustrations take. The book is rather encouraging, while also informing the reader of what they can do. Kids will enjoy reading the book to learn how they can make their own pizza. The illustrations have a certain warmth to them that generates a feeling of hominess. This is a great book part of a series about making your own food (like a pie, a taco, and a salad). The book features a recipe in the back for making your own tomato sauce, which gives the kids something to do with what they have grown. It’s a great idea to have kids learn to cook and where their food comes from.

Activities and Resources- You can find a recipe for making homemade pizza at Babble.com HERE, which I think would go nicely with the pizza sauce recipe featured in the book.

Even if you don’t have a big field, you can still grow your own wheat in your garden! WikiHow.com has a nice tutorial for growing your wheat crop HERE.

The book does mention that you can start your own compost pile, including basic directions such as what can go in it, but Gardenguides.com has a nice tutorial for creating your own compost pile from scratch right HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

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