This early reader is adorable - starring the spunky Katie Woo, who has a whole series of books to her name. In Katie in the Kitchen, Katie's mom is taking food to a sick neighbor, but Katie can't go because she might catch the flu. Then she tries to help her dad - but he's working with tools that could be dangerous for her.
Katie filled a pot with water, three boxes of spaghetti, four cans of tomato sauce, and a jar of olives.
"I think that's enough," Katie said, "Turning on the stove is a no-no, so Mom can cook this when she comes back."
And the adventures continue from there - eventually requiring a lot of bandaids, and some hiding in a closet from a "ghost" (who turns out to be Katie's mom).
Katie in the Kitchen made me chuckle, and I'm pretty sure that early readers would love it. It's broken into three chapters, and has lots of bright, cute illustrations. At the back of the book is a glossary (defining harder words like "confessed" and "hurricane") and then some discussion questions and a recipe for kids to cook on their own, like Katie. (Don't worry - it's a yogurt parfait, not spaghetti!)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommended age: 4-7
Did you ever try to cook alone as a kid?
This post is day nine of my 31 Days of Awesome Kids' Books.
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