3 out of 4 stars
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Blueberry Lu Learns to cook is a sweet story about a girl named Lucy and her friend, Sue. Lucy, or Lu for short, is allergic to dairy and wants to bake a cake. She knows that with Sue’s help, she can overcome the dairy issue and create a culinary masterpiece. However, she has a vice in the form of blueberries which threatens to turn her and Sue’s baking adventure into a baking disaster!
This story by Lisa Goff has some really great elements in it. Lu is a child constricted to a wheelchair, but there is no explanation as to why. I love that. It shows, very subtly, that there is nothing different about her, and that she is a normal, excitable child that can also get into trouble. I think, if parents are reading this to their children, it opens an excellent channel for discussion about how to address and treat people that are differently abled.
The other thing that I loved is the recipe included in the back of the book for the blueberry cake and shake that were created in the story. This also allows for creativity after reading and involvement for the children who want to know how Lu and Sue’s cake turned out.
This is a simple rhyming book and, unfortunately, the rhymes were a little forced. There were places that the sentences didn’t even rhyme at all. An example would be the sentences ending in ‘behind her’ and ‘batter’. Because of this, a lot of the story wasn’t explained very well, and I found myself a little confused in parts. In the beginning, Lu wants to combat her blueberry craziness, and so she takes off her shoes. I’m not really sure why. Small explanations for things like this would go a long way, and even though the rhyming verse is catchy, I would consider another course.
Because I was puzzled in places, and because of the sometimes-poorly-executed rhymes, I can only give Blueberry Lu Learns to Cook 3 out of 4 stars. It has some great lessons in it, and I would recommend it to parents for their children to read, or for them to read with their children. Also, this would be a great book to have in a classroom for teachers to open some interesting topics of discussion with their classes.
Blueberry Lu Learns to Cook
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