Library Intern Book Reviews

ISBN

9780385390187

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Schwartz & Wade Books

City

New York, NY

Disciplines

Children's and Young Adult Literature | English Language and Literature | History

Keywords

book review, independence cake, cookbook, colonial America, children's literature

Review

Amelia Simmons was a colonial woman who published the first American cookbook in 1796. While the exact details of her life have been lost to time, this tale offers a fictitious view into the life of young Amelia. Orphaned, Amelia is taken in as a bound girl by the Bean family. Amelia soon discovers her love for cooking and seeks to learn original recipes from her fledgling nation. Though fiction, an American history classroom could benefit from this tale. The paint-brushed illustrations are simple while the vocabulary is rich and complex. This delightful account would best serve upper elementary students.

Highly Recommended. RaeAnn Jent, Centennial Library Intern

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Review of <em>Independence Cake</em> by Deborah Hopkinson and Giselle Potter

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