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Cooking With Kids: Felicita Sala's "What's Cooking in Flowerville?"

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Get your young chef into the kitchen to prepare these delicious recipes

Get your young chef into the kitchen to prepare these delicious recipes

Fun Recipes Along With a Great Story

Felicita Sala's What's Cooking in Flowerville? tells the story of the citizens of this village and how everyone comes together to grow ingredients to prepare these delicious recipes.

There is a recipe for each month of the year to go along with the story. Each recipe features large and colorful illustrations of the ingredients, clear instructions, and the number of servings that can be made.

This delightful cookbook has something for everyone. There are recipes for soups, desserts, dips, international dishes, and even a special recipe for cod croquettes.

The author includes many extras in this book, including a page for the kinds of seeds that are planted for both fruits and vegetables; an illustrated page of gardening tools; an illustrated page of vocabulary words; and a page with the fruits and vegetables featured for each season.

What's Cooking in Flowerville? was published by Prestel, and it is recommended for ages 6-12. It has an ISBN of 978-3-7913-7518-2.

Let's get your young chefs cooking!

Lesson Planning Tips

I always cooked with my students when I was in the classroom—even with very young students. I found many classroom-friendly recipes throughout the year that were prepared with simple ingredients and kitchen tools. Cooking projects were always popular with all of my students, both girls and boys. I believe that I probably created many little chefs from the students in my class.

  • Choose a recipe from What's Cooking in Flowerville? The recipes are organized by month, which makes it easy to choose a seasonal recipe.
  • Invite children to choose an ingredient to bring for the recipe on the day that you will prepare the dish.
  • Use child-friendly kitchen tools. Many stores now carry kitchen tools that are sized appropriately for little hands. An electric skillet comes in handy to make the pear pancakes.
  • Collect some seeds from fruits and vegetables featured in the book. Comparing the seeds in a variety of ways creates an opportunity to develop math skills such as categorizing the seeds according shapes, colors, and sizes.
  • Bring in examples of gardening tools as featured in the book. Many gardening tools now come in child-friendly sizes.
  • Find an area of your playground to plant a garden. Gardening is now a part of many school curriculums. Childcare centers also plant gardens.
  • Call attention to the final page of the cookbook for children to learn about the fruits and vegetables that are available for each season.
  • Invite parents to a tasting party when you prepare a recipe from the book.

Enjoy cooking with your students!

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