Saturday, December 12, 2015

What's For Dinner?


I've read several books by Penelope Anne Cole, but this one is different from the others.

It's apparently based on real events her daughter, Katy, experienced since the main character has that name. And, judging by her photo, Samantha Bell made the illustrations of the girl's mother resemble the author.

The story is about Katy's invitation to have dinner with a friend from Nigeria. Katy wonders what kind of food she'll have to eat.  Will it be something gross?

The book mentions foods from many different cultures, and at the end the main course served by the host family is quite a surprise.

What's For Dinner? is both fun and educational. At the end it includes some recipes and links to help readers learn more about the foods in various countries.

And I believe this book will do something I think is very important: help kids learn to accept people who are different.

2 comments:

Penelope Cole said...

Hi Jan,
Thanks so much for this wonderful review. I really appreciate your reviewing and commenting on the acceptance of differences. I really wanted to show that kids already know a lot about different cultures and foods. I also wanted to show that Katy has friends from all over, multicultural and diverse friends--that is all of our futures.
Thanks again!

Janet Ann Collins said...

You are welcome, of course.