The Pizza That We Made by Joan Holub Illustrated by Lynne Cravath Age: Beginning Reader (Ages 5 -8, grades K-2) Viking, 2001 30 pages Find this book at your local library
Three young cooks get together to make a pizza from scratch.
This was a really cute book. What I liked is that the illustrations added more context and story without the use of any additional vocabulary. The ingredients and steps for creating a pizza are all set out in proper order and are followed step by step. The kids do all the work except for chopping the ingredients, putting the pizza in the oven and removing the pizza from the oven. Those jobs are left to the grown-ups.
This is a book in rhyme, and is as fun to read as it is to view. The illustrations help define the vocabulary and actions described. What I love about the text is that is clear how involved and excited the kids are to be making a pizza.
Making the pizza dough:
These are our hands
That mash and fold
These are our fingers
that push and mold
Cleaning up afterwards
This is the mess
That we clean away.
We wipe. We sweep.
We’re done. Hooray!
The book also includes a recipe for making pizza, making this not only a fun read, but something that can be applied for the day’s lunch or dinner as well.