Illustrated by: Edward Hemingway
Published by: Running Press Kids Imprint of Running Press Book Publ. May 2013
Ages: 4 – 8 years
Theme: there is something for everyone, you can do anything even if you’re tiny, fitting in.
Opening Lines: Once upon a night-time, there was a party on Elephant Lane. It was not a birthday party, a holiday party, or a tea party. It was a grown-up party-you know-for big people.
Synopsis: (on amazon) Little Ellie the elephant is the only kid at a grown-up party. No one is paying any attention to poor Ellie, and she can’t reach the food! Why must everything be for big people?
Then to Ellie’s surprise, she discovers a little chef mouse inside a hole in the wall, and he’s filming a cooking show! Ellie can see that his sharp senses are key ingredients for a successful tiny pie. Will this be the perfect snack that’s just her size? As an added treat, Alice Waters has contributed a delicious tiny apple pie recipe perfect for little hands (and big appetites)!
Why I like it: This adorable book so beautifully illustrated by Edward Hemingway is breath-taking. Wonderful illustrations are a feast for young eyes. Imagine a tiny cooking show filmed for tv going on inside the wall of your kitchen. When Ellie joins in with the cooking there is a party to be had and the mice take over the kitchen. What is even better is that Ellie gets to have a pie just the right size for her
Resources/Findings: Edward Hemingway’s blog and artwork… http://edward-hemingway.squarespace.com/
Mark’s website… http://www.markbaileywriter.com/
Some fun cooking ideas for kids… http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/cooking-with-kids#.pwvWAG4aG
A great book written by one of my writing buddies – Vivian Kirkfield has wonderful craft and cooking recipes and reading choices for children – a winning resource to help build a child’s self-esteem… http://www.amazon.com/Self-Esteem-Crafting-Positive-Parental-Participation/dp/0967014751
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