4 out of 4 stars
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Cherry Bakewell by Jane Bevan is a children's cookbook featuring Cherry and her daughter Peaches. It contains seven stories. Each one an adventure that includes quizzes and fun games meant to keep the reader engaged until the end of the book. The author drops red clues throughout the chapters that the children are supposed to note. From these ingredients, the reader is supposed to guess the recipe at the end of the chapter. The author uses her extensive knowledge as a cook to include recipes that are easy to make and safe for young children to try.
The book has fun illustrations done by Lara Kerem. I loved that the author chose a green cover for it just like the one in the stories, referred to as "The Big Green Cookery Book". Something that will make the children feel like a part of the adventures.
I loved everything about the book. There is nothing included in it that would not appeal to its intended audience. From the aesthetics to the wording of the stories and recipes. Everything was tastefully done. The editing was perfect and I found no errors. Notable was how simple she kept the recipes. It is obvious she made a conscious effort to make sure they fit her young audience.
You can tell from the writing how passionate Bevan is about this book. The fact that she wrote it as a tribute to her late mom, who taught her how to cook, is reflected in the writing. The interaction between mom and daughter is interesting, but also real and relatable, which makes the book feel authentic.
For these reasons, I give it an easy 4 out of 4 stars. The stories are engaging and beautifully done. Though they are made around a mother and her daughter, they can easily be made to include young boys and even dads. I recommend it to everyone. It will serve to bring fun activities for the family to get involved in.
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