Baking day at Grandma's

Anika Denise

Book - 2014

"Children go to their grandmother's house to bake and enjoy spending time with their loving grandmother"--

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) [2014]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9780399242441
0399242449
Main Author
Anika Denise (-)
Other Authors
Christopher Denise (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Three little cubs, bundled up in coats, scarves, hats, and mittens, are on their way to Grandma's house. The spirited, short, rhyming text intermittently culminates in the joyous refrain It's baking day! / It's baking day! / It's baking day at Grandma's! Golden-hued pictures fill up the pages—Grandma is so big, she can almost fill them up herself—though, oddly, there is not a lot of baking in the art, just reading the cookbook and looking at the batter in the bowl (Lick the spoon because we can). But it all seems lots of fun, with dancing while the cake bakes and packets of chocolate goodness to take home. The digital art gives off too much of a glow at times, but there is genuine emotion here, too; readers will both see and feel how much these cubs like being with their grandmother, and she with them. A nice topping is the recipe for Grandma Rosie's Chocolate Cake that ends the book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Three vivacious bears spend a pleasant and productive day with their grandmother in this warm tale from the husband-and-wife collaborators behind Bella and Stella Come Home and Pigs Love Potatoes. Anika Denise's impressionistic couplets invoke the sounds, sights, and smells of the siblings' visit. After making their way through the snow, the bears arrive at an inviting cottage: "Knock-knock-knock on Grandma's door./ Hear her pad across the floor./ Plant a kiss on Grandma's nose,/ cozy fire, warming toes." Donning aprons, they mix batter then kick up their heels ("Old-time music, soft and sweet./ Skippy notes and tapping feet") while the cake bakes, joyfully chanting the story's refrain: "It's baking day!/ It's baking day!/ It's baking day at Grandma's!" Christopher Denise's digital artwork glows with light—of the sun, the fireplace, and finally the moon—and radiates the bears' energy as well as their affection for Grandma. In an unexpected and sweet turn, the young bakers wrap up slices of cake in gift boxes to share, rather than sampling it themselves. A chocolate cake recipe is included. Ages 3–5. Agent: Emily Van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Three vivacious bears spend a pleasant and productive day with their grandmother in this warm tale from the husband-and-wife collaborators behind Bella and Stella Come Home and Pigs Love Potatoes. Anika Denise's impressionistic couplets invoke the sounds, sights, and smells of the siblings' visit. After making their way through the snow, the bears arrive at an inviting cottage: "Knock-knock-knock on Grandma's door./ Hear her pad across the floor./ Plant a kiss on Grandma's nose,/ cozy fire, warming toes." Donning aprons, they mix batter then kick up their heels ("Old-time music, soft and sweet./ Skippy notes and tapping feet") while the cake bakes, joyfully chanting the story's refrain: "It's baking day!/ It's baking day!/ It's baking day at Grandma's!" Christopher Denise's digital artwork glows with light—of the sun, the fireplace, and finally the moon—and radiates the bears' energy as well as their affection for Grandma. In an unexpected and sweet turn, the young bakers wrap up slices of cake in gift boxes to share, rather than sampling it themselves. A chocolate cake recipe is included. Ages 3–5. Agent: Emily Van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Three little bears head through the snow to Grandma's. There, they bake, dance, drink hot chocolate, package up their baked goodies, and then head home, but the story is really about more than that. Grandma's love is nearly a tangible thing as reflected in the painterly illustrations, with their warm colors and cozy setting, and the images convey the sheer pleasure she feels in the company of her grandchildren. The cubs are clearly smitten with their grandmother, who towers over them kindheartedly, and with the tradition of baking day. This is no cloying treacle of nostalgia. Instead, the authenticity of the characters shines in a natural and enjoyable way. The text is a wonderful rhyming poem/song with the refrain, "It's baking day!/It's baking day!/It's baking day/at Grandma's!" And it's such fun to read aloud. "Old-time music, soft and sweet./Skippy notes and tapping feet./Learning songs that Grandma sings—/when the kitchen timer rings!" A recipe for Grandma Rosie's Chocolate Cake is included. This gentle story will leave children feeling warm and fuzzy. It's perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH [Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Children go to their grandmother's house to bake and enjoy spending time with their loving grandmother"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Rhyming text tells the story of three little bears who head over to their grandmother's house in order to help her bake.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A Christmas-cookie sweet story perfect for families to share! Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can't wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma's! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir--with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing--to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up as gifts in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they're shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents.Praise for BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S:"This gentle story will leave children feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time."--School Library Journal"A rollicking, rhyming salute to the grandmother-grandchild bond."--Kirkus Reviews"Three vivacious bears spend a pleasant and productive day with their grandmother in this warm tale."--Publishers Weekly  "[W]arm and cuddly and brimming with character..."--BCCB

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A Christmas-cookie sweet story perfect for families to share! Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can't wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma's!  In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir--with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing--to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they're shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents.Praise for BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S:"This gentle story will leave children feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time."--School Library Journal"A rollicking, rhyming salute to the grandmother-grandchild bond."--Kirkus Reviews"Three vivacious bears spend a pleasant and productive day with their grandmother in this warm tale."--Publishers Weekly  "[W]arm and cuddly and brimming with character..."--BCCB