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Summary: There are more than 100 recipes and 213 kitchen tips in this cookbook. No recipe is longer than one page, and the Spanish and English version are set side by side, allowing you to learn Spanish (or English) as you cook together. There are traditional kid-friendly favorites, as well as recipes that stretch their taste by combining some of their most-loved ingredients in new ways. This is a cookbook that offers an opportunity to learn Spanish (or English), too.
Type of Reading: interactive reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 4.8
Age of Child: Shared with a 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Although we tried to read the recipes in both English and Spanish, our daughter got frustrated with the stops and starts. She just wanted to "keep making" the recipe. Now, at seven, she can read much of the English herself and we can "shadow" her reading with Spanish.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun cookbook. It has all the traditional sections from appetizers to desserts, but I love that they are presented as questions, giving kids a chance to practice conversational Spanish, too.
Pros: Straightforward, kid-friendly recipes combine to create a cookbook that adults and kids will love. The added bonus is that you can learn a new language.
Cons: While it is great that the Spanish and English versions are side-by-side, it would help to have more illustrations. Kids like pictures, and in cooking, they want to know that it "looks like the picture."
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Even if you only want to work with one language, the recipes are well presented and easily digested by kids.
Educational Themes: Cookbooks offer lots of opportunities to learn and practice math (e.g., fractions), science (how ingredients react to each other), and reading. This book adds the chance to learn a new language and experience new foods.