Reviews for Thanksgiving Recipes


School Library Journal Reviews 2011 May

K-Gr 3--Muehlenhardt offers nine crafts, ranging from pop-up cards and woven paper placemats to more difficult projects like door wreaths, seed mosaics, and found-object sculptures. There is a paragraph summary of the first Thanksgiving. Each project begins with a list of the necessary supplies and includes clear directions and computer-enhanced cartoon illustrations. While the directions are clear, adult help will be needed for young children. Also, the number and variety of seeds required for the seed mosaic may be difficult to procure. Several projects require painting entire sheets of paper, and the drying time may be more than children have patience for. This is marginally recommended where such titles are in demand. Rooney includes basic recipes that are tasty and (generally) healthy--seven of the nine contain fruit and/or vegetables. They range from appetizers to desserts. The book includes helpful tips, a glossary of potentially unfamiliar cooking terms, and a chart of measurement conversions. The directions and pen-and-ink illustrations are clear, but the recipes do not indicate number of servings. The ingredient list is always on the second page, requiring one to read from right to left. Adult assistance is needed (and noted) when necessary. These recipes are nothing special, but should provide younger children with opportunities to feel they have contributed to the holiday meal.--Lisa Crandall, formerly at Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

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