Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Cookng Together Encourages Inclusivity
Cooking, Creativity, and Inclusivity
Christina Tosi's Every Cake Has A Story brings everyone together in this delightful picture book and story to cook together and create something delicious. The creative use of both black and white and color in the illustrations is a very special part of this book. The use of both kinds of illustrations has a special life lesson for everyone.
Sammi has a problem with her neighborhood and wants to change it. Everything in the town of Samesville is black, white, and gray. Everything is the same. Even the dogs in the town are the same. Sammi's family even likes the same cake over and over. Vanilla cake with chocolate frosting is always requested. Sammi likes this kind of cake, but she wishes that the choice could change. One night Sammi placed her cake recipe card under her pillow before going to sleep. That night something magical happened to her dreams. All kinds of colors for cakes appeared in her dreams. A wonderful new recipe book had also appeared under her pillow. Something amazing also happened to Samesville. Sammi went outside and everyone had changed. There were all kinds of houses, people, and even dogs in all kinds of colors. Everyone was different now. Individuals were now valued in Samesville. Sammi was very excited and invited all of her friends to gather together and make a cake. All kinds of ingredients were suggested because everyone had a different and creative idea. This cake changed to be more like the new world in Samesville.
The life lesson of the value of individuality and creativity is an important part of Every Cake Has A Story. Tosi includes a recipe for strawberry frosting at the end of the story. Every Cake Has A Story was published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 4-7 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-11068-3.
Creativity in Black, White, and Colors Teach a Life Lesson
Bring Every Cake Has A Story to Your Classroom
Cooking with my young students in my pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes was definitely my favorite activity to do when I was in the classroom. I used a large variety of picture books and recipes to add enrichment to reading and math for my young students. It was always a surprise to discover that the young boys in my classroom were the first ones to participate when I offered a cooking activity. Tosi's Every Cake Has A Story offers a wealth of ideas for young readers and want-to-be chefs.
*Read Every Cake Has A Story in a story time session. Call attention to the beginning illustrations done in black and white. Why is Sammi unhappy with her town of Samesville.
*Provide a recipe book for cakes to display for your young readers. What kinds of cakes do your young readers like? Prepare a math activity with creating a graph of favorite cakes.
*Call attention to the variety of ingredients that the children in the story wanted to put into a cake. Bring samples of these ingredients to the classroom and have a tasting party to determine which ingredients are favorites to put into a cake.
*Prepare an activity for children to make the recipe for the strawberry frosting that Tosi includes at the end of the story. Bring in plain cupcakes for children to use the frosting with.
The Life Lesson of Inclusivity and Individuality for the Classroom
This delightful picture book and story also offers teachers the opportunity to teach the concepts of individuality and inclusivity in the classroom.
Call attention to all of the different colors of Sammi's friends. Take a class poll or make a chart of the different races of your students' classmates. Engage students in a discussion of why it is important to include everyone in activities.
Engage children in a discussion of what they like about their friends. How are their friends both alike and different? Why is it important for individuals to be able to be themselves?
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