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Justin And The Best Biscuits In The World

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Why can't he get things straight? Ten-year-old Justin just can't seem to do anything right-no matter how hard he tries. He gets home late when he doesn't mean to. He can't keep his room clean, wash dishes, or fix himself a meal. Luckily, Justin's cowboy grandfather comes to his rescue. Not only does he invite Justin to visit the family ranch in time to see the big rodeo, b ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1948 by Scholastic Inc.
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The theme of this book is cleaning up after yourself, which is pretty uninteresting in itself. The writing is very simple, which makes it a good book for independent reading, but not as well-suited to a read-aloud.
Nov 13, 2008 Bao rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had finish reading the Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter, which is a non-fiction book. The main theme in Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World is to clean up your mess and learn how to take responsibilities for yourself.
The book is about a boy who was ten years old. His name is Justin, he doesn't want to make his bed. Fold his clothes, clean his room, or wash the dishes to help out around the house. "…It's Women's Work!" he said. His sisters and his mother a
Dec 30, 2008 TheKBSeries rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, another book that I read when i was young. And no, I didn't like reading this book either. This book reigns number one and probably forever will remain there, as the most hated book i've ever read my entire life. It was pointless and the biggest waste of my time. I've never shed so many tears over a book. It was utter torture!!! There was no learning to be accomplished by this book and my class didn't talk about it because there was nothing to discuss! The book was probably just to be ...more
Lamar Sanders
Jul 16, 2012 Lamar Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favorites from childhood. This book focuses on Justin and his stuggles with growing up in a female-centric house. He feels marginalized for not being able to do what he calls, "woman's work." Expecting relief as he prepares to spend some time with his grandfather on the ranch, he gets multtiple life life lessons that forever change him. His grandfather schools on him on his ancestors, the Black cowboys, and their way of life, which includes much of Justin's so-called "woman's ...more
Apr 07, 2009 carrietracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I was torn as to whether to rate this 2 or 3 stars. The main point of the book is that you need to take responsibility for yourself, and it has some important points about gender stereotypes. It also has information about the involvement of the black community in the rodeo and in the western settlement. All of that is great. The issue is that the book is a fairly easy reading level, about 3rd or 4th grade, and yet some of the content is much too mature. There is a story within the story that the ...more
Erin Sterling
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award back a while ago, the book was cute, but made me think that children's books have changed since then, although I can't pinpoint my finger on how. Maybe it's more typical to write in first-person now or something. Anyway, Justin has two sisters and can't seem to do anything right by them, particularly things like washing his dishes, cooking, and cleaning his room (women's work). But when his grandpa invites him back to his farm to see a real-live rodeo with ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this during a sick day at home. I wanted something light to read and this fit the bill perfectly. It is the story of Justin, the youngest in his family of 4. His father passed away a few years prior and he has two older sisters, the oldest of which doesn't think Justin can do anything right. He is stuck doing what he deems "women's work" and he doesn't like it one bit. His grandfather comes and takes him to his ranch and slowly teaches him how to do all those things Justin thinks are just ...more
Pam Baker
Justin, who lives with two sisters and his mother, has a very negative attitude toward cooking and all forms of housework, which he considers "women's work." His attitude is changed by spending a week at his grandfather's ranch, where he sees his grandfather's skill at these tasks. He also discovers an old family logbook and learns about his family's history after the Civil War, when they moved West to escape from the racism of the post-Reconstruction American South. Includes information about h ...more
Daniel Crews
Sep 02, 2015 Daniel Crews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a. What dates did you read the novel? august something
b. What do you think the overall theme, or universal message, of the novel is? Why? you can always do what you put your mind to
c. Choose a significant quote from the novel and describe its significance.
"women’s work!" i chose this because just because one person usually does it doesn't mean that its always their responsibility and you need to learn how to do it so you can know how.
d. Would you recommend this novel to others? Why or why not?
Aug 16, 2007 Malbadeen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My dad cuz he loves biscuits
Following is the 2nd of 2 reviews from my son (as promised by me, so he'll stop reading over my shoulder and go to sleep - you naughty boy)!
"I like it because biscuits are my favorite food. I haven't got all the way through the book but I'm almost at the ending so I don't know very much about it but they just got to a fair. Justin is only 10 years old but I'm guessing by the name of this book he's gonna make the best biscuits in the world later in the book and he's prbably gonna enter them in th
Daisy Johnson
Feb 19, 2012 Daisy Johnson rated it it was amazing
This book amused me so. Justin is that boy who cant get anything right his room is messy he breaks curfew and he refused to do what he called women's work. His sister Evelyn and his mom are always yelling at him and wishedhe could go live with his grandpain Missouri. He got his wish but there he found out it was no picnic. He learner lots of this about the family ranch and he learner how to make the best biscuites in the world. The biscuits were things he made the best and he changed his mind ab ...more
Katie Curry
This book centers on a young boy, Justin, who lost his father at a young age and is left living with his mother and two older sisters. The only male figure, and as mentioned his favorite person, in Justin's life is his grandfather. Justin has the opportunity to stay with his grandfather and help out at his ranch. Over this course of time, Justin realizes all the things he hated doing at home because he thought of them as "woman's work" were rightly a man's work as well. I would use this book in ...more
Justin spends a week with his grandfather on a ranch. When he gets there he is not used to picking up after himself or doing household chores (he thinks housework is for women). After working with Grandpa on the farm and also helping Grandpa around the house he quickly learns that men can be cooks and cleaners too. This is a modern-day cowboy story.

Activity- Make biscuits like Grandpa did, have the boys in the class help.
Make a list of the things Granpa taught Justin while he was visiting.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Add another book to my list of recommended stories with African-American characters. I'm delighted to say that this story not only has African-American characters, but it has an African-American boy and an African-American grandfather as central characters. And any boy living in a female-centric home will love this tale of a boy who seeks out his grandfather to advise him on how to make a bed and how to bake the world's best biscuits.
May 26, 2015 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-fiction
I think this is a good book for kids who often feel like they can't do things as well as older siblings. It also might be good for kids who can relate to Justin's special relationship with his grandfather.
Aug 14, 2007 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young readers
Another that shaped my early reading years--I believe this one was in 6th grade. Justin learns some lessons from his grandfather, and begins to understand that responsibility is not all about rules and regulations.
Dec 22, 2010 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Guess how much I wanted biscuits after finishing this.
Deborah Harris
Dec 29, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: ar-3, a26
AR Quiz No. 177 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 3.9 - AR Pts: 3.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, LS, VP
Feb 12, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a great book to read with elementary students. Has historically people named throughout the book.
Sep 17, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
I love!!!!!!!!!! justin and the best biscuits in the word.justin lerns a lot of things from papa.
Apr 18, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stereotypes-3661
Is it acceptable for boys to do "women's work?" This book would be a good discussion on stereotypes of men and women roles in society.
Feb 04, 2009 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years.
3.5 stars
Nov 22, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing
Apr 21, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
This teaches you that a man can also do a woman's job/work.
May 18, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i liked the grandpa, but the rest was a little annoying.
rethinking gender roles (what is women's work) & strong family ties. part i like best is historical info grandfather tells Justin about black cowboys & African American's story in westward expansion.
May 27, 2014 Ben rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was terrible I logged back onto good reads and remembered about it a year later because I had forgotten about it
Sam Bloom
Jun 09, 2013 Sam Bloom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: csk-award
1987 CSK Author Honor
Alyssa Archie
May 11, 2013 Alyssa Archie rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was about 9. It was the first book that I truly enjoyed reading. I've been addicted to reading ever since haha!
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Delegate to the 2nd World Black and African Festival of the Arts & Culture in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1977. Graduate of Southern University with an MA in education from Antioch College. She lives in Denver, Colorado, and travels widely as an educational consultant.
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