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*A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat* by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
 
Also by Emily Jenkins:

Toys Meet Snow

Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic

Toy Dance Party

Sugar Would Not Eat It

Toys Go Out
 
Also illustrated by Sophie Blackall:

Edwin Speaks Up

Ivy + Bean

Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (Book 2)

Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record (Book 3)
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat
by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Ages 4-8 44 pages Schwartz and Wade January 2015 Hardcover    

Emily Jenkinsís (Toys trilogy) new picture book is about the simple dessert called Blackberry Fool. Itís a story based on historical facts, and the illustrations contain blackberry juice.

Four families are shown from the years 1710, 1810, 1910, and 2010. As they each prepare the dessert, readers can compare the kitchens, the clothing, the utensils, and the families as they eat their dessert after supper. There are many differences in the illustrations, and a few similarities in the techniques (licking the spoon or bowl), but each scene makes the reader think of family, food, and love.

Back material includes two pages of notes from the author and illustrator. Itís here where you learn how much time and attention to detail each woman put into this book. Itís also where I discovered the definition and age of ďfoolĒ the dessert, and two fantastic sources about food preparation throughout the ages.

A modern recipe for Blackberry Fool is included in the book. It would be a fun activity to do with a child after reading this story. Teachers could use this book in class if they are studying about slavery (some of the characters are slaves), domestic work (mom and daughter, dad and son appear in the kitchen), the history of kitchen gadgets, or food sourcing. Families who do a lot of baking or cooking together would love this book.
 


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