Book Review: How to Have Fun Cooking Breakfast



Book Review: How to Have Fun Cooking Breakfast

Author: Creative Educational Society

Date: 1974

Publisher: Childrens Press

ISBN: 0-87191-291-0

Length: 28 pages

Illustrations: About half the book consists of drawings.

Quote: “Fixing cold cereal is very easy.”

Two whole pages of this book tell and show children how to add milk, sugar, and fruit to packaged cereal. Two more pages explain toast. Other two-page spreads explain bacon, fried eggs, and scrambled eggs. Pancakes take four pages.

This book is recommended for precocious readers, ages four through six. Although it has the look of a third-grade book, and doesn’t mention that the “you” addressed will need to stand on a chair, eight-year-olds are likely to feel bored and talked down to by a cookbook that assumes that only fried or scrambled eggs will be “not too hard for you to do.” With adult supervision, even six-year-olds are usually competent to boil eggs and prepare hot whole-grain cereals like oatmeal, which aren’t even discussed in this book. When I was eight years old, not a very precocious cook, I was doing biscuits, coffee cakes, and corn bread, none of which is discussed in this book either.

Be very careful about giving this book to a child. The time window during which extremely easy books like How to Have Fun Cooking Breakfast will be appreciated, rather than taken as insults, is narrow. If in doubt, buy a book that discusses things adults think might be a little bit ahead of a child’s abilities. This one is for the moppet who’s not been allowed to explore the kitchen yet.

However, according to Amazon, this book has been a childhood favorite and become a collector’s item. I’ll take a chance and say that, if you buy it here, you need to send only $10 per book + $5 per package (you can fit plenty of other books in that package)…but this price information is subject to change. Committees aren’t authors, therefore books credited to committees aren’t Fair Trade Books; therefore, if you find a better deal somewhere else, feel free to take advantage of it.

This Morguefile image reflects my awareness that…I don’t know any children under age ten who bake yeast breads like this all by themselves, although I’ve known many children as young as six who liked to help mix, knead, and shape bread dough. A child old enough to read a picture book like How to Have Fun Cooking Breakfast is old enough to slice and toast bread, too.

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