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The Boy Who Wanted to Cook Review by Nancy Casari Dayton

Gloria Whelan; illustrated by Steve Adams
Sleeping Bear Press
315 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

This wonderful book is sure to delight young boys and girls who are interested in cooking. The story follows a ten-year-old boy named Pierre whose family runs a little restaurant in France. Although Pierre is interested in cooking, his parents discourage his involvement in the family business. One day he is given the opportunity to help his family and the restaurant in a meaningful way.

The illustrations in the book are just lovely and bring the restaurant and the townspeople to life.

Children like to know they are involved in their families and can contribute in important ways. My eight-year-old son will certainly enjoy the story when he receives the book for Christmas. I think I'm going to plan a few cooking adventures with him before then.

Product review by Nancy Casari Dayton, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October 2011