HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Miss Sugar Crumb’s Cooking Lesson
Author: Malinda Mitchell
Illustrator: Nora Tapp Franzese
Publisher: Tex Ware, 2010
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Mitchell, Malinda. Miss Sugar Crumb’s Cooking Lesson (published in 2010 by Tex Ware, Everett, WA). What kind of foods do you think that animals would like to make? Miss Sugar Crumb, from Miss Sugar Crumb’s Magic Kitchen, makes an encore appearance to give cooking lessons to the forest animals, who have learned to talk as a result of eating her magical food. Friend the Rabbit calls all the animals of the forest, including Jimmy Deer, Olivia Squirrel, Harold Raccoon, and different kinds of birds to come for a cooking lesson at Miss Sugar Crumb’s house. Miss Sugar Crumb tells them about measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, and the oven as they make some sugar cookies. Tomorrow, she will teach them how to count to twelve because there are twelve in a dozen. But what has Miss Sugar Crumb fixed all her friends for a mid-morning snack after the lesson is over?
Author Malinda Mitchell always has something worthwhile to say. Miss Sugar Crumb’s Cooking Lesson is a charming story with great art work by illustrator Nora Tapp Franzese. Youngsters who read it because it’s fun will also be introduced to cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, measuring flour and sugar or salt and baking soda, using the mixer, and preheating the oven. They will learn the value of teamwork too. In addition, there is a real sugar cookie recipe which mom or dad and the kids can try. Many children enjoy helping mom in the kitchen, and this book could be a wonderful starting point for encouraging such a situation. “Mommy, Mommy, will you help us make Miss Sugar Crumb’s sugar cookies?” That would provide many teachable moments.