Title: The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
“Be part of the fun and join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear as they cook up holiday favorites and some unique eats for friends and family,” the back jacket states in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult.
~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered ninety-six-page hardbound targets child four to eight years old, especially those that like making food recipes with adult supervision. With no profanity or scary scenes, it has full-page, full-color photographs of completed food dishes. Due to some complicated wording, its instructions would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
In this book, there are forty food creations, divided into six chapters covering special holidays throughout the year. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving, and Christmas have six to eight recipes each.
From suggested Red Bear-y Smoothie, Rabbit Food, and Freedom Trifle to Candy Corn Punch, Grizzly Gran’s Famous Pumpkin Pie, and Accordion Potatoes, the title of the recipe is on the left side of the page with the ingredients needed in a goldenrod highlighted rectangle and directions in number format. The opposite side of the page has a photograph of the completed dish.
~ Why ~
Some children love to make food, and most of these concoctions are simple with easy to follow directions that range from two to nine steps, so they will need an adult to supervise them. Every holiday section begins with Bible verse written out, a simple Bear story, and a four-line saying; the ending includes a measurement chart. Some of the recipes sound and look mouth-watering.
~ Why Not ~
With the book not having an index, one must look up the recipe on the contents page, keeping in mind some could be used for other holidays with some adjustments. Having no preparation time mentioned in the instructions, the recipe may take longer than expected.
~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book had preparation times as well as caloric content for those that have to watch their diet (including children).
~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one will make a fun addition to year-round cooking of delicious meals, drinks, and treats on holidays and other special occasions.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.
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