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Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking
by Amy Axelrod (Goodreads Author)
When poor Mrs. Pig gets a cold, Mr. Pig and the piglets devise a plan to get rid of her sniffles. The Pigs decide on the perfect remedy: to fix Mrs. Pig's favorite five alarm chili. Will the Pigs be able to cure Mrs. Pig with a spicy meal? Or will their measuring mistakes get them in hot water? Join the Pigs and see what trouble they can cook up in the kitchen.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Aladdin
(first published 1997)
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I really liked this book. I would use this book to introduce how to be safe while cooking and how to correctly measure things while you cook. I would try to make the firehouse chili as a class and measure of the ingredients together. I would see if my school would allow us to cook it in the kitchen or have an employee who works in the kitchen do it. I think this book could be used in the classroom to bring excitement about measurement when cooking.
I think that Pigs in the Pantry is a great book for math and experimenting with cooking. This book can be used as a read aloud before participating in a project of making cookies from scratch in the classroom. its good for learning how to measure and it uses fractions so I would say that it could be recommended for use with 3rd grade or higher.
Extra star for math integration: Measurement. Mrs. Pig is sick in bed, but her family treats her to a home-cooked meal nonetheless. We have the recipe (they're making chili) and watch to see what mistakes Mr. Pig makes as he prepares the dish. At the end are measurement conversions, an invitation to recreate the recipe in the metric system.
I loved this book, especially the illustrations! Mrs. Pig is sick, so Mr. Pig and the piglets try to make her chili. This would be a great book to use to teach the various kinds of measurement as it involves measuring out ingredients. I would use this book for first grade.