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review 2017-02-27 21:00
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

I like this book because it teaches children that eating their vegetables are important. This book is colorful and imaginative so children would be able to follow along well. I would use this in my classroom when we talk about the food pyramid and how important the food groups are to our health. This book, in my opinion, is geared towards 3d through 5th grade. The Lexile Level is AD540L.

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review 2016-11-26 19:59
A bit too adventurous for me
Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables!: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts - Peter Meehan,the editors of Lucky Peach

This is quite a unique cookbook in that the recipes are different from what are usually found in a vegetable cookbook. This isn’t a vegetarian cookbook in that there are very few complete vegetarian meals but mostly side dishes. There are actually only a few recipes that I probably will ever try, such as the Quiche Lorraine, Ribollita and Latkes. Whenever I saw something else that looked interesting to me, it had ingredients that I’d never heard of and had no idea where I would find them. The baked Eggplant Marinara looked good to me until I saw that the only cheese in it was 3 cups of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. It does call for a large ball of fresh mozzarella but with the cold slices placed on top or on the side. Maybe I’ll give it a try one day.

If you’re looking for exotic recipes such as Daikon with XO Sauce, Giardiniera, Mujadara, Pipian Rojo and Akuri, you’ll love this cookbook. The illustrations and author’s notes are fun but I can’t see myself getting much use of this cookbook.

This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-01-31 23:52
Mixed Vegetables (manga, vol. 3) by Ayumi Komura, translated by JN Productions
Mixed Vegetables, Vol. 3 - Ayumi Komura

I reviewed the first two volumes of this series ages ago. For those who need a refresher: Hanayu is a pastry chef's daughter but secretly dreams of being a sushi chef, and Hayato is a sushi chef's son who secretly dreams of being a pastry chef. At the end of the previous volume, Hanayu learned that the sushi chef who made the first sushi she ever ate and who inspired her dream was Hayato's father.

In this volume, Hayato takes Hanayu to his family's sushi restaurant. Hayato's father takes an immediate shine to her and tells her she can work part-time at his restaurant. It's an exciting offer and prompts Hanayu to finally tell her father about her dream. Unfortunately, the news doesn't go over well, and Hanayu spends much of the volume worrying that she's being selfish and letting her father and her younger brother (who has the makings of a pro baseball player, as long as he's not expected to inherit the bakery) down. Meanwhile, Hayato still needs to tell his father about his dream, but can he go through with it after seeing how things went for Hanayu?

Ugh. Hanayu's father disappointed me in this volume. I thought he was more easy-going than that. At least it didn't take him too long to start to unbend. And Hanayu's little brother's reaction to the whole thing was sweet.

I liked this quote (although it's a bit awkwardly worded) from Matsuzaka, Hanayu's teacher: “We adults are hopeless. Because we have a little more experience, we tend to look into the future. And we try to push you toward the path that offers the least chance of failure.” (59) It was said by way of apology after telling Hanayu to give up on her dream, and it reminded me of something my mom once told me. However, I did think it was odd that Matsuzaka hadn't already figured out Hanayu's desire to be a sushi chef, what with Hanayu turning every cooking assignment into something sushi-related.

The end of the volume showed Hanayu working at the sushi shop for the first time...as a waitress. Hanayu didn't seem particularly surprised or disappointed, so I guess this was expected? Even if Hanayu wasn't disappointed, I was, a little, especially when her first day mostly involved smiling a lot and dealing with a grabby customer.

Hmm. The main reason I read this volume was because I stumbled across it in a bargain bin. Volume 3 didn't do much to change my opinion that this is a “meh” series – not exactly bad, but forgettable. I'm kind of amazed that Komura managed to stretch this series out to 8 volumes, since all that's really left is for Hayato to tell his father that he wants to be a pastry chef and for everyone to decide what they're going to do about the two family-owned shops. I predict that Hanayu and Hayato will marry and become the heirs of each other's family shops.

At the moment, I don't plan on making any kind of special effort to continue reading this series. If I stumble across volume 4 at some point, I'll read it, but I have plenty of other manga series I'm looking forward to reading more.


Several author sidebars, a 3-page flashback manga showing Hayato's father's POV of little Hanayu's first visit to a sushi shop, and 2 pages of translator's notes.


(Original review, with read-alikes and watch-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-05-06 20:48
Yummy Stories: Fruits, Vegetables and Healthy Eating Habits (Read aloud; Volume: 1) - Lil L. Alexander,Anda Cofaru

We received this book to give an honest review.


K and I read this book one story per night at bedtime. He kept asking me every night can we read another story in the book and I had to tell him no because we needed to extend the story.

Each story is unique and beautifully illustrated. There is a lesson within each story that is perfect for the older kids that can understand it. There is some rhyming within the stories so that makes it fun to read along with the some funny parts. The stories are fairy tales told in a fun way that has fruits and veggies within the tale. You have a dinosaur, a witch, a giant and many more with their own story to tell.

I thoroughly enjoyed each story in a different way except The Three Garden Fairies I think it was because of their names Bonnysweet, Honeytongue and another one along with the repeating it just got to me. K really enjoyed the book a lot more than I expected him to I figured he wouldn't be as interested in it but he sat and listened to the stories. His favorite tale was Cheekerchuck, the dinosaur  who liked to eat. He thought it was funny how the dinosaur would eat two of everything and got really really big in the village. 

Overall a good book that I would recommend to others with children.

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