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Follow the recipe : poems about imagination, celebration & cake
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Presented in the style of a hand-sized vintage cookbook, a poetry collection by the award-winning author of Mirror Mirror contains simple and allegorical “recipes” that explore such concepts as peace and understanding. Illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Hot Air! Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

"A collection of poems written in the form of recipes"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

A joyful collection of poems by the author of Mirror Mirror, in the form of recipes both simple and allegorical.

This delicious collection of poems by the innovative Marilyn Singer is accompanied by vibrant splashy artwork by two-time Caldecott honoree Marjorie Priceman. Presented in a small-size format to appeal to older readers (as well as young), the book has the look of a vintage collector's compendium that includes pictures, ephemera and annotations to add interest. Even young children are familiar with recipes--a series of steps to help them make something--and the book begins with simple dishes and ideas (such as a recipe for reading a recipe and a recipe for measuring), and then adds more ideas and grows in sophistication until the last recipes broach lofty concepts (such as a recipe for understanding and a recipe for peace). A treasure of words and images and ideas. - (Penguin Putnam)

Author Biography

Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of more than 100 children's books in a wide variety of genres. She was the 2015 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award. She, her husband, and their standard poodle divide their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Marjorie Priceman is the author-illustrator of the bestselling How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She has received two Caldecott Honors for Hot Air!: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. - (Penguin Putnam)

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Children's poet Singer and Caldecott Honor–winning artist Priceman have cooked up an original picture book that resembles both a slim volume of poetry and that stash of recipe cards Grandma might have kept in the kitchen. The collection has plenty of cooking-related recipe-poems, about how to measure ingredients or how one should cook only when in a good mood. But while food is in the forefront of each poem, the topics quickly become philosophical—even self-referential. There's a recipe for a good recipe, a recipe for following recipes, and a recipe for a poem. There's also a dash of self-help: How can one live better through food? Take the "Recipe for Originality": "To be unique, there's no quick fix: / Make your cakes from scratch." The bright, whimsical artwork is full of movement, reminiscent of the cooking process itself as one tosses and mixes ingredients. Young readers will love the fun and challenging words that poetry can showcase—celeriac, anyone? And they'll relate to the joy that food can bring, which emanates from each page. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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