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Author: Lee Jackson
Book type: soft cover, green plastic coil
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5
Get kids cooking one of their favorite foods – apples! Great desserts and other recipes can be made without the extra sugars often found in apple baked dishes. Let them experience the natural goodness and flavors of the apple.
There are over 70 tasty apple-filled recipes from Apple Crisp to Appaloosa Fizz. Introduces top ten healthy eating tips for kids and their families. No artificial sweeteners are used.
Beginning cooks will appreciate the easy-too-follow directions while seasoned cooks will enjoy creating delicious apple dishes perfect for any occasion. If you like real food, love apples, and are concerned with healthy eating, then this cookbook is for you.
Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun
Author: Amy Houts
Pages: 126 pages
Book Type: softcover
Trim Size: 7 x 9 inches
So much more than a cookbook!
In addition to over 100 easy-to-make recipes, it is filled with family fun and food ideas that appeal to young cooks, parents, grandparents and teachers. There are party ideas and kid-friendly foods and activities for all seasons of the year.
Involving children in cooking activities helps them learn about and appreciate food as well as providing lots of other worthy experiences. These include learning to share, following directions, using good manners, practicing food safety, and tasting foods enjoyed by different cultures.
Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids—Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun will help children learn to:
- Get in touch with the seasons through cooking and other activities
- Choose and prepare seasonal and holiday foods
- Share family traditions and celebrations
- Become more aware of the connection between food and healthy bodies
- Learn about food safety and following direction
- Practice cooperation and good manners
- Observe and appreciate the rhythms of nature and the gift of food
Each season features food appropriate for that time of year. You will find Fruit Roll-Ups, Pumpkin Bars, Holiday Cookies, Meringue Hearts, Bunny’s Favorite Egg Salad, Surprise Baked Potatoes, Tortilla Wraps, Strawberry Slush, Frosted Cones, and other recipes children and adults will enjoy making and eating.
In addition to the recipes, there are suggestions for seasonal activities. Some of these include making placemats out of fall leaves, observing holiday customs from different countries, planting a vegetable in a garden or clay pot, arranging summer flowers for a centerpiece, and many others. Each season offers its special blend of ideas and suggestions.
Help your children develop to their fullest in all areas of their life. Encourage them to want to help you. Involve children in food activities and projects all year around! Recommended for ages 5 through 12.
Missouri Writers’ Guild Major Book Award Winner
Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) Book Achievement Award Winner
ISBN: 0-930643-11-6 softcover, 7 x 9 inches, 126 pages— $16.00
Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities
Author: Amy Houts
Price: Regularly $19.95 – SPECIAL until March 17: $14.95
Book Type: Cookbook
Trim Size: 7 x 9
This book introduces food through the traditions of different cultures that celebrate America’s diversity. Immigrants who settled this great country brought with them their memories and tastes of foods from the vast regions of the world. Their food preferences reflected their traditions, history, religion, celebrations, and family.
Here you will find a sample of delicious recipes from America’s cooking heritage. You will be taken on a journey from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, across the wide prairie, to the mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and Hawaii. Each section of the country has a chapter focusing on recipes indicative of that region. A brief geographic description of the area is given as well as some fun activities for children and adults to enjoy.
The selected recipes are authentic to the region, and/or to the food produced there. Clear directions are given for easy-to-make dishes, or easy versions of more difficult recipes. The ingredients used are either in your pantry or readily available at your local grocery store.
Preparing food from different regions of the country is one way of learning about the United States of America while satisfying the taste buds. In addition, it can help children gain a greater appreciation and enjoyment of our differences. Cooking with children can help establish and/or preserve traditions and share childhood memories.
Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures
Author: Robert Bohlken, Ph.D.
Price: regularly $14.97 SPECIAL price: $10.95
Book Type: Softcover
Trim Size: 7 x 9-inches
These eight short stories help children develop positive character building traits and improve their reading and listening skills.
The stories are set in a primitive society in which the usually optimistic and happy Mukies (pronounced with a long U) work together to solve problems. These compassionate and wise characters demonstrate problem-solving techniques. They address character building skills such as respect, courage, cooperation, tolerance, honesty, and peaceful co-existence.
With major emphasis on character building in our schools today the Mukies show us how each individual can contribute to a peaceful society and make a difference. This primitive society of Mukies provides lessons that are relevant to today’s youth.
Their encounters help teach such values and character building traits as mutual respect, cooperation, wisdom, love and caring, responsibility, nondiscrimination, peaceful co-existence and many other skills children need to develop. Each story helps to present its lessons in a subtle, interesting way.
The adventures of the Mukies reinforce and expand on the importance of listening to each other. Whether listening to themselves or their friends and family, they reveal the value of effective listening.
The interactions of reader and listener are as important as the messages presented. Questions and school/family activities to stimulate discussion and improve listening skills are at the end of each story.
Bohlken says, “one of the primary goals of this book is to promote discussion between parents and their children.” Parents are the most important influences in helping their children develop good moral character. By reading together with their children, they have an opportunity to discuss issues such as cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect.
You read together, you listen to each other, and you interact with stories that require problem solving.
The book is illustrated in black and white by artist Michele Sherlock Veasey. This method was used expressly so children could use their imagination in visualizing the actions of the Mukies. In this way children rely less on images and more on the messages presented. Bohlken states, “the emphasis is on the message, and you create the images in your own mind.”
regularly $14.95, Special price: $10.95
Softcover, perfect binding, 7 x 9 inches, 104 pages
Our Apple Tree
Author: Gorel Kristina Naslund
Book Type: softcover
Trim Size: 7 x 9 inches
Follow the changes each season brings to an apple tree. Children will enjoy learning about the life of the tree and see the animals that visit – from the bugs and bees to deer and other animals that eat the fallen fruit. Illustrations are lovely and delicate. Even includes an apple crisp recipe.
The Littlest Christmas Kitten
Author: Leona (Lee) Novy Jackson
Book Type: hardcover, full color
Trim Size: 9 x 12 inches
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On this Holy Night, the animals are restless and excited as two strangers enter the stable. It will be a night remembered by all the animals, especially the cat family.
This tender Christmas read-aloud story about the night Jesus was born will become a favorite for all children. In The Littlest Christmas Kitten, a little lost kitten falls asleep in the same manger the Christ Child will use for His bed. It is a rare child who can resist the animals, their sounds, and the straw-filled manger that were part of the first Christmas.
In this re-telling of the birth of Christ, a mother cat searches frantically for her little lost kitten. Before the night is over there is the crying of a baby and angels singing His praises. Animal witnesses to the nativity are in awe as they pay homage to this special baby. The night’s events leave a lasting effect on all the animals, especially the cats.
Cats have been part of the celebration of Christmas for centuries. Many stories, poems and songs are written about them. They are featured on Christmas cards and on decorations and ornaments. Here is the legend of why the cats remember this day.
The story speaks to everyone, especially
- children, as they gain a close-up, richer understanding of that Holy Night more than two thousand years ago.
- parents, grandparents, and others who want to make the Christmas story more alive and meaningful to children.
- those who teach about the birth of Christ and spread the good news of peace and hope.
- anyone who has lost the wonder and anticipation of the real Christmas.
- all cat lovers and those who enjoy animals.
A listing of Christmas symbols at the end of the book gives the origin of the Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Advent Wreath, Christmas Cats, and many others. It also offers an explanation of why it is not a good idea to give a kitten as a Christmas gift and, if cats are already a part of the family, how to make sure they have a safe Christmas.
Lessons children learn from this book include:
- Never give up searching for that which is important to you.
- No matter what happens, Mothers show love, care, and concern for their young.
- Special events such as the First Christmas are to be remembered, celebrated, and cherished.
- Stories handed down through generations link us to the past.
- Christmas customs, which enrich holiday traditions, have historic and symbolic meanings.
The author Leona Novy Jackson is a former family and consumer sciences teacher in the area of child development. She stresses the importance of having books available for children and reading with them often. This is the fourth book she has written.
The illustrator, Kelly Dupre, uses colorful, bold, and playful illustrations reflect the importance of that Holy Night. This is the third book she has illustrated.
Here is a YouTube 39 second clip about The Littlest Christmas Kitten. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2yNjTkt0w
How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny
Author: Bob Bohlken
Illustrator: Ann Hague
Book type: Children’s fiction – Animals fiction
Trim size: 8.5 x 11″
How will the citizens of Ooh and Ahs celebrate the feast of Easter? They have asked the Wiseman to help them find a way to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection from the dead and the rebirth of spring and new life.
Children ages 3 to 10 can follow along on this journey as the Wiseman searches for a special way for this celebration. He enlists the help of the animals to find the very best way of expressing love and hope at Easter.
Written by Bob Bohlken and charmingly illustrated by Ann Hogue, “How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny” is a picture book telling of how the rabbit and colored eggs became a part of the Easter celebration. Children ages 3 to 10 can follow along this journey as the Wise Man searches for a special way to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and the rebirth of spring. This rebirth is a celebration of new life, forgiveness, peace, and love. “How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny” is especially recommended for children ages 3 to 12 and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. – Midwest Book Review