4 out of 4 stars
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Kanana Tanana ate a delicious pie. She just had to have the recipe. However, when she asked Manana Fanana how she made the pie, Manana Fanana told her that there was no recipe at all. Author Karen Meyer tells the story of Kanana Tanana in her work of children’s fiction titled Kanana Tanana … and the Pie Recipe.
Kanana Tanana was certain that she tasted a banana in a Zanana pie. So, when Manana Fanana told her that the secret was that the pie had no recipe, Kanana Tanana considered the possibility that she was told a lie. She was determined to know so she took to the sky in her hot air balloon in search of the recipe. Kanana Tanana’s quest to find the recipe would teach her more than she had expected, and her delicious discovery just might change her mind.
This story is fun and entertaining with interesting, relatable characters. Many children are curious and will go to great lengths to solve a mystery. This storybook opens with a series of comprehension questions for readers to consider as they read the story. Also, the book closes with a bonus poem about the main character, Kanana Tanana.
This book is skillfully written, organized, and edited. The story is told with simple and understandable language. There is not one grammar error to be found. The story comfortably flows from one scene to the next making it pleasant to read, and it is sure to inspire young imaginations. Children ages five to eight would enjoy reading this book, and children ages two to four would enjoy listening to an adult as they read this story to them.
Illustrations are a vital part of any children’s book. Matt Philleo illustrated this book. These illustrations breathe life into the story. Each picture is beautifully colored and very well executed. Each character's illustration gives them a bright and engaging personality.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book is beautifully illustrated. The pictures will engage and delight young readers. This is a well-written story with a purpose. The themes and lessons of acceptance and the importance of family are clear and presented in an understandable way. Reading this story to or with children will help parents and teachers start conversations about the importance of telling the truth. Furthermore, this is a fun and entertaining story that the entire family can enjoy together.
Kanana Tanana . . . and the Pie Recipe
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