Reading Spotlight

Written by Katie Edwards

by Matthew Amster-Burton
This was the perfect book for me, as someone who loves food and cooking, and is trying to raise her son to eat lots of different things [mostly unsuccessfully so far].  It even included recipes!  Lots of fun.  Here is how Amazon describes it:
“Hungry Monkey is the story of one man’s coming to realize that kids don’t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention, and patience. A restaurant critic and food writer, now a stay-at-home dad, Amster-Burton writes of the highs and lows of teaching your child about food—the high of rediscovering how something tastes for the first time through a child’s unedited reaction, the low of thinking you have a precocious vegetable fiend on your hands only to discover that a child’s preferences change from day to day. Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself, who makes huge sandwiches, gobbles up hot chilis, and even helps around the kitchen sometimes.”
by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar
This is one of my 3-year-old’s favorites, and mine too!  It’s a lot of fun to read, although it can take a few times through to get the rhythm right!  The story is about a little girl whose baby brother gets taken up in the air inside of a bubble she blew, and the attempts to get him back down safely.  Not too many picture books out there using words like “nefarious”, either!  I highly recommend it.

Katie Edwards lives in Needham with her wife and two children, ages 13 and 3.   She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science, but has been a stay at home mom for many years, so she is happy to have an outlet to share good books with others.  She loves to read [obviously], travel, try new restaurants, and gab with her friends.  Luckily she is in a book group where she can simultaneously eat and talk to friends about books!


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