Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Two More 5-Star Reviews for
What's for Dinner?

on December 12, 2015
Love this book because it will help kids understand and appreciate different cultures through something all of us share - Food! And it's an enjoyable story as the main character worries about what sh'll have to eat when she dines with a friend from another country.
on December 3, 2015
What’s for Dinner? by Penelope Anne Cole

The problem with trying different foods is that you don’t always know if they will be gross or yummy. What if the food is from a different country? In the book What’s for Dinner?, children’s author Penelope Anne Cole has deftly captured kids’ curiosity and their fears about trying different types of food.

Written for 5-8 year-olds, the story serves up a celebration of diversity and friendship through an exploration of ethnic food. When Katy’s new Nigerian friend, Amaeka, invites her to dinner, she begins to wonder: What do Nigerians eat? Katy’s friends don’t know, but they have heard about and read about some weird traditional foods eaten by people from all sorts of different cultures. Even American gastronomical oddities make the list.

Artist Samantha S. Bell’s bold, colorful illustrations enhance the narrative and the reading experience. Teachers, librarians and parents will appreciate the backmatter ingredients which include recipes, a map of Nigeria, and additional sources of information.

Ms. Cole’s book successfully connects kids and cultures through the time-honoured tradition of sharing a meal. What’s for Dinner? is a delicious way to inspire classroom and family discussions about cultural diversity.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Two 5-Star Reviews for my new book:
What's for Dinner?
on November 28, 2015
“What’s For Dinner” written by Penelope Anne Cole and illustrated by Samantha S. Bell, is a lovely story of two girls from different lands, who become friends through their church and share their foods and family love. Amaeka of Nigerian decent has invited Katy to dinner. Katy is worried about what will be served. The girls are experiencing life in ways they are not accustomed to, but graciously take part in the experience. I think children will relate to this book as diversity is ever growing in our country and countries around the world today. Amaeka and Katy are perfect examples of acceptance and friendship. This would be a book for the classroom or a child’s library. Either way, a pleasant read.

on November 29, 2015
Culturally specific books are important because research has shown that children fair well when they can identify with people who are similar to themselves. I applaud award winning children’s author, Penelope Anne Cole for writing her newest book, “What’s for Dinner.” Children all over the world will be inspired with her book because it celebrates diversity.
~Nicole Weaver, Multi-Award Winning Author