If there’s some deep philosophical message about friendship, it didn’t resonate with me; if it’s a simple story for children, it’s way too wordy. Most of the pictures, though they do match the moods of the story, were ones I wasn’t at all drawn to and I can’t say I enjoyed them, though they did have an interesting perspective, and I almost gave the book 2 stars mostly because of them.
I love oranges, love wolves, and I particularly like friendship stories, but this one left me cold. I’m simply dumbfounded, and I wonder whether there was some pressure to keep writing more books with this wolf duo but with no good idea for a third book. Very disappointing....more
This is the fifrth Sscaredy Squirrel book and I’ve read them all. They’re all great. This one is particularly funny and sweet. AND, it has dogs. Dogs!This is the fifrth Sscaredy Squirrel book and I’ve read them all. They’re all great. This one is particularly funny and sweet. AND, it has dogs. Dogs! And cake! And a birthday party!
Scaredy plans his safe party for one, then changes his plans to include a thoughtful friend. But, all goes more than a bit haywire.
Kids who like birthdays, parties, dogs, squirrels, and funny picture books are likely to enjoy this one, and these books don’t have to be read in order although of course, I recommend it, and I do suggest the first one should be read first. But even kids who are meeting Scaredy for the first time could enjoy this book as a birthday gifts. Kids who are shy, fearful, compulsive, obsessive, and afraid of taking risks will relate to Scaredy, and I think these books have some potential to be therapeutic.
There’s plenty enough going on to entertain everyone, including the adults. The facial expression on the pony got me on the verge of giggling. The first book and the Makes a Friend book are probably my favorites, but this one comes close.
The illustrations are a hoot. They’re part of telling the story as many words are within and a part of them. The special surprise at the end is done fabulously.
Because the pages are so busy with words and pictures, either independent readers or listeners who like a lot of detail are the best audience for this book.
This is a delightful winter and winter into spring themed story. Ollie receives his first pair of real skis when he turns six and waitOllie’s Ski Trip
This is a delightful winter and winter into spring themed story. Ollie receives his first pair of real skis when he turns six and waits for the season’s snow to start falling so that he can use them, which eventually happens and he has a wonderful adventure. This story captures so well the feelings of delicious anticipation and the joy of an independent adventure, both of which I remember experiencing as a child. The wonder of nature (via skiing, sledding, etc., and such characters as King Snow, Jack Frost, Mrs. Thaw, and the other “children” Ollie plays with, and Spring too) shines through.
Charming Illustrations! I particularly liked the polar bears that sniff as dogs would do. The skis Ollie uses seem more like cross country skis than the downhill variety.
This is a long story as picture books go, but I think readers and listeners in a wide age range can enjoy it....more
These are macrobiotic vegan recipes and most are either gluten free or can be made gluten free (and are marked as such when this applies). For each reThese are macrobiotic vegan recipes and most are either gluten free or can be made gluten free (and are marked as such when this applies). For each recipe, stats are also given for amount of calories, protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and sodium. Because of the macrobiotic focus, many recipes have ingredients I don’t normally use, including such things as umeboshi vinegar, mirin, mochi, and other foods often used in macrobiotic dishes.
The layout overall is good but the “text boxes” don’t work at all. There is not sufficient contrast between the boxes and the rest of the text on the same pages, so they look as though they’re part of the rest of the text. At first I was confused and even though I quickly figured it out, on pages that have them, neither section on the pages are easy to read. One thing I found irritating at first, but then I saw the reasoning, is that major ingredients for recipes are sometimes listed far down on the ingredient list; you really have to read the full list of ingredients to get a good idea of what the recipe contains.
There isn’t a large amount of accompanying text, but what’s there is succinct, useful, and communicated in an interesting way.
There are photos for selected recipes only, but the ones there do make the recipes look appealing.
I even love the chapter names:
Foreword by Rory Freedman Acknowledgements The Journey Chapter 1: The Way of the Natural Vegan Kitchen Chapter 2: What’s for Breakfast Chapter 3: Appetizers Chapter 4: Nourishing Soups and Stews Chapter 5: Ballads for Salads Chapter 6: Spectacular Salad Dressings and Sauces Chapter 7: Radiant Grains Chapter 8: Savory Beans Chapter 9: The Main Dish and Casserole City Chapter 10: Delectable Vegetables Chapter 11: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too! Glossary Mail Order Suppliers Suggested Reading Index
The recipes that look best to me are:
from breakfasts: Sioux Indian cornmeal pudding
from appetizers: easy scallion hummus
from soups and stews: vegetable broth (No salt is added! Hooray!), ginger-squash soup, navy bean soup, creamy cauliflower-broccoli soup
from salads: corn and black bean salad, Israeli salad
from salad dressings and sauces: pea pesto, onion gravy, mushroom gravy
And, I love how at the beginning of this chapter, there are lists of foods to add if you want to make the recipes go in these directions: bitterness, pungency, richness, saltiness, sourness, and sweetness.
from grains: mushroom-rice pilaf, millet-cauliflower mash, basic polenta, confetti bulgar
from beans: creamy black beans with squash
from main dishes and casseroles: tofu pot pie, enchilada casserole
from vegetables: easy one-skillet meal, breaded cauliflower
from desserts: jelled fruit dessert, chocolate pudding (with the) tofu whipped cream
There is also a glossary, a short list of six websites that have supplies/foods, a suggested reading list, and an index, which lists the recipe names in bold, a nice touch.
What I appreciated most about this cookbook is that because it’s a cooking school cookbook, I’d expected the majority of the recipes to be overly complicated, but many of the recipes are actually simple and easy. I liked that!...more
As the subtitle indicates, the recipes are divided by season. Each cookbook section has its recipes divided into spring, summer, winter, and fall. I dAs the subtitle indicates, the recipes are divided by season. Each cookbook section has its recipes divided into spring, summer, winter, and fall. I don’t always eat that way but I think it’s a good idea to aim for doing that for the most part, and so having the book divided up in this way is a plus. In the Introduction there is a partial list of fruits and vegetables listed by season.
There are many ingredients in so many of the recipes that I don’t like or that I don’t find appealing, but there were enough recipes I want to try, and all the recipes are creative, and many have unusual ingredient combinations I haven’t seen elsewhere and I like that.
I enjoyed the short section about the author’s personal switch to veganism. I also like the short description or details or story that is at the start of every recipe. I also like that seasonal menus for a variety of type of meal/occasion are included. I don’t personally use meal plans that are in cookbooks but I enjoy them and get ideas from them.
I wish there had been more photos, but there are some lovely color photos in a section in the middle of the book, page number for each recipe given. The general layout is attractive. I like the green and the way there are muted photos at the beginning of each section and a seasonal drawing/”icon” on each page showing the four seasons.
Introduction 1. Blooming Basics 2. Starters 3. Salads 4. Soups 5. Sandwiches 6. Main Dishes 7. Side Dishes 8. Desserts 9. Brunch Acknowledgments Index
The recipes that look best to me (that require no or only minor tweaking) are:
from starters: Indian Saag Dip, Spinach Pesto
from salads: Blackberry and Corn Salad, and Cabbage, Apple and Caraway Salad
from soups: Indian Potato-Pea Samosa Soup, Spinach Tortilla Soup, Snap Bean Stew, Butternut Squash Bisque with Cranberry Gremolata, Caribbean Black Bean Soup with Chili-Nut Butter, Moroccan Chickpea Soup with Black Olive-Pumpkin Seed Gremolata, Mushroom and Barley Soup
from sandwiches: Boiled Tofu Sandwich with Broccoli Pesto
from main dishes: Blooming Vegetables Calzones, Angel Hair Pasta with Chard and Bell Peppers, Pumpkin-Stuffed Shells with Sage Butter, Sweet Potatoes and Cannellini Beans in Sage-Butter Phyllo Crust
from side dishes: BD’s Grilled Summer Squash Boats, Grilled Eggplant in Tahini-Paprika Sauce, Quinoa and Edamame Pilaf with Red Chard, Green Bean Casserole, Lemon-Ginger Baby Bok Choy and Butternut Squash, Lemony Parsnips with Rosemary-Cashew Gremolata, Sweet Potatoes Caribbean, Two-Potato Latkes (with different garnishes), Roasted Lemon Coriander Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Butternut Squash with White Beans and Olivada
from desserts: Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Tart, Cherry-Almond Clafouti Cake, Lemon Verbena Shortbread Cookies, Macadamia Shortbreat Tart with Lemon Mousse and Fresh Berries, Chocolate-Plum Clafouti Cake, Chocolate-Orange Mousse, Orange-Expresso Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies
from brunch: Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Berries, Blueberry and Lemon Verbena Pancakes, Farmstand Fruit Muffins, Pears Foster French Toast
Yum! The soups and sides look especially good, and I love chocolate with orange so the chocolate-orange mousse looks like a must try for me.
I was almost through reading this book, just in time to return it to the library, and I received one last holiday/thank you/etc. gift from a friend whI was almost through reading this book, just in time to return it to the library, and I received one last holiday/thank you/etc. gift from a friend who bought a copy of this for herself, and a copy for me. I’m so excited. If I can’t get to NYC at least I have access to the food. Even if I get to NYC, unless I can find an apartment there for at least an entire month, I couldn’t possibly eat at Candle 79 more than a very few times. To tell the truth, I was hoping I wouldn’t be wowed by this cookbook. I was hoping I’d feel satisfied being in NYC and avoiding this expensive restaurant, but no such luck. This is a must go destination, even if I end up making a lot of the recipes myself.
This is a great vegan cookbook, a great cookbook.
It’s gorgeous and it’s a pleasure to read cover to cover.
There are mouthwatering photos of the recipes and also of foods in their natural state and of the restaurant. (Almost) every recipe has its own photo.
There are vegan meats and cheeses, alcohol, vinegar, and some other foods in which I don’t have interest, but most dishes contain ingredients I love and most others could be easily tweaked.
This is a very readable book, engaging and interesting. I love how the first restaurant, Candle Café, started: with New York lottery winnings. (It has its own vegan cookbook.)
I notice from the resources list they like my favorite organic maple syrup, Shady Maple Farms, from Canada.
Amuse-Bouches and Appetizers Soups Salads Entrées Sides, Sauces, and Secrets Brunch Desserts Drinks
Glossary Resources Acknowledgments About the Authors Index Measurement Conversion Charts
The dishes I most want to eat/make are:
from appetizers: Roasted Artichokes with Spring Vegetables and Crispy Onion Rings; Avocado Salsa; Smoked Paprika Hummus
from soups: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Crispy Sage Leaves; Herbed Potato-Leek Soup; Black Bean and Roasted Poblano Soup
from salads: Watercress, Jicama, and Corn Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
from entrées: Spring Vegetable Risotto; Wild Mushroom and Spring Vegetable Fricassee; Herb-Marinated Grilled Vegetables; Saffron Ravioli with Wild Mushrooms and Cashew Cheese; Manicotti Rustica; Potato Gnocchi; Pan-Seared Pine Nut Pesto Tofu; Chile-Grilled Tofu with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce; Live Lasagna; Black Bean-Chipotle Burgers
from sides, sauces, and secrets: Barbequed Black-Eyed Peas; Sweet Potato Mash; Potato Cakes; Polenta Fries (one of the few fried foods I’ve seen I’d be willing to put my stomach, and health, through); Soba Noodles; Gingered Sugar Snap Peas; Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce; Pesto; Apricot Chutney; Cashew Crème Fraîche
from brunch: Chickpea Crepes; Wild Mushroom, Asparagus, and Spring Vegetable Crepe, Butternut Squash, Mushroom, and Sage Crepes; Home-Style Pancakes with Blueberry Butter; Mixed-Grain Waffles with Raspberry Butter
from desserts: Sorbets; Mexican Chocolate Cake; Apple-Apricot Strudel; Chocolate Mousse Tower (it alone being worth a trip to NYC!); and
Doughnuts, which seem to be sans holes here, but since that means more cake so who cares?! they reminded me of the discussions we’ve been having in the Vegan Cooking & Cookbooks group, including about vegan doughnuts, in a couple of our discussion threads.
from drinks: Apricot Spritzer; Ginger Ale
I know nobody can eat like this all the time, due to expense and time constraints, but honestly, when I read all the vegan cookbooks and online and in magazines vegan recipes out there, for those living in areas with access to many different types of foods, why not vegan?! Completely satisfying food!
I want to add that this is a gourmet restaurant with elaborate dishes, but most look surprisingly easy to make, though I suppose this book is best for experienced cooks. ...more
I appreciated the background work and the divulging of it by the authors and illustrator as regards keeping this authentic to the Hmong culture.
I liked this variation of the tale, as seen in the illustrations and as aspects of the story, such as the mother being turned into a cow. And I cared about Jouanah. But, I was not kept rapt by this tale; in fairness, I suspect that would have been true of most Cinderella tales or most fairy tales, given the mood I was in.
This alternate version, one of so many, is interesting though, and an excellent addition to the genre, and the illustrations are quite good. I found it to be one of the more interesting and unusual Cinderella tales that I’ve read....more
This lovely and striking looking book is written by a mother and daughter team and is illustrated by an Aboriginal artist. So appropriate given that iThis lovely and striking looking book is written by a mother and daughter team and is illustrated by an Aboriginal artist. So appropriate given that it’s about a mother and her artist daughter who visit Australia for a month where the girl meets an Aboriginal woman who’s also an artist.
The illustrations are gorgeous. The colors are just so beautiful.
The “philosophy” (which I thought would make me roll my eyes) worked okay for me, and I liked the part about being creative with how one creates art and how “mistakes” sometimes are more than okay; they’re part of what makes the art “good” and contributes to its inherent value.
While preschoolers will probably enjoy the pictures, I am not convinced they will understand the message part of the story, which I’m not describing very well, by the way. But, this is a particularly good book for school aged children, especially those who have a tendency to be perfectionists, and particularly those who like to make art, or for broaching a different way to view others’ artworks, and also those who are fascinated with travel or Australia....more
Patricia Polacco has become one of my very favorite children’s picture book authors/illustrators. I’ve now read every book she’s written and illustratPatricia Polacco has become one of my very favorite children’s picture book authors/illustrators. I’ve now read every book she’s written and illustrated. Historically, she comes out with two books each year, and for her last few books I’ve been waiting book to book, as I am caught up, and I’ll continue to look forward to any other books she creates.
I finally got this book from the library today; it’s one of a very few picture books that ever made it to my on-deck shelf. I’ve actually had opportunities to read this in bookstores but I decided to wait to read it until I could spend an adequate amount of time with it.
Many of Polacco’s picture books are best for 8-12 or even 9-13 year olds, for school-aged kids. This is one of the few of her books that are written with preschoolers in mind, I’d say best for 2-6 year olds.
The illustrations fit the story perfectly. I love how Patricia (and I think her brother) make a (non-speaking) appearance because so many of this author’s books are autobiographical. This book’s main character is based on a visitor who came to one of her programs. I loved the dogs and cats and other animals, and that big blue chair, especially when it’s full of occupants.
It’s a reassuring story about a beloved stuffed animal lost and then found. It’s not realistic at all but it’s sweet and fun. (I have a personal story about a stuffed animal lost and never found, but that story is for another day/review, but I was able to identify with the temporarily bereaved child.)
This isn’t one of my very favorite Polacco books but I’d have loved it as a young child and I can recommend it to young children; it’s one of this author-illustrator’s books that would make a fine introduction to her work. Kids won’t have to wait until they’re “old enough” as is true with so many of her other books.
3 ½ stars and it’s not fair that I’ve compared Polacco with Polacco so I’m upping the rating, even though it might be only a 3 star book. Thinking about it…...more