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Cooking With Henry and Elliebelly (Carolyn Parkhurst) – Review

on September 19, 2011

Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly 

Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Age: Pre-K (Picture Book)
Feiwel and Friends Book, 2010
ISBN: 9780312548483
Find this book at your local library

Henry and his sister Eleanor, known also as Elliebelly, welcome you to the first viewing of their cooking show called Cooking. 

The cover pretty much sums up the title. Henry tries to run a cooking show featuring the main dish: raspberry-marshmellow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon. Sounds delicious right? Henry’s script is in a small black font, while 2-year-old Ellie’s is in large red font. Throughout Henry’s well-rehearsed and practiced lines, Ellie manages to interrupt by making Henry wear a pirate hat, shoving her doll in the batter, and feeding pizza to the dog. This book exactly how sibling interact, especially the younger siblings. There are times when Henry calls for mom’s interference, when Ellie demands her way and my favorite moment with the commercial break: 

And now, it’s time for a commercial. Buy a car! Buy a giraffe! Buy a rocket ship! Buy some pudding! NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!

Henry and Ellie have a wonderful, loving relationship. This book is great on so many levels. It’s good for families with siblings, it’s good for discussing food and cooking. It’s a good book to discuss boundaries, fun, creativity and imagination. The wonderful color pencil illustrations really bring the story to life. You could go through the book and not even read the text and still enjoy the story.

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