The sibling duo from Hat On, Hat Off are back in another household adventure, exploring and playing in the kitchen. These little ones know baking is hard and messy work, but it sure is fun. Put on an apron, gather ingredients, measure the flour—try to keep kitty off the counter! Wash sticky fingers, and let mommy put the cakes in the oven. Waiting is the hardest part, but time flies for these playmates whose patience is rewarded with more than just baby cakes.
Little helpers will be keen to work in the kitchen after reading this sweet story. Told in simple text, and delivered in a sturdy, padded cover with stronger pages that are perfect for little hands, Baby Cakes highlights curiosity being explored right at home. The small and familiar moments of childhood are cherished in these heart-warming books written by Theo Heras and illustrated by the award-winning Renné Benoit.
This pleasant book makes baking look like so much fun that kiddos are likely to be inspired to try to help out in the kitchen.
...when I'd recently read [my daughter] Baby Cakes, by Theo Heras and Renne Benoit, she declared, 'That's such a good book, Mommy.'...This book would make a great Christmas gift from 3-5-year-olds. With simple vocabulary, a brother and sister work together to make cupcakes (with the unhelpful assistance of their pet cat)....The recipe inside makes for a nice extension of the book, bringing the story to life and inspiring the reader to try something new. That the brother and sister in the story bake together without the help of grown-ups (except for with the oven) inspires independence. Plus, the cupcakes were delicious.
Although [Mommy] is in the kitchen, the focus is on the children's activities, and the use of low-tech tools -- they cream the butter by hand, hence the 'hard work' -- ensures that they can be active participants rather than bystanders....Benoit's art features distinct outlines, rounded figures, and soft colors -- the mutual affection is apparent on every page. A recipe for success.
Benoit offers a wide variety of perspectives so readers can see the way the batter looks in a big bowl, while on another page, the younger boy's eyes barely peek over the top of the baking tin. Recipes for chocolate cupcakes and vanilla frosting appear on the endpapers. VERDICT This brief story will go over well in a storytime with a cooking theme. A sweet treat that's sure to please.
The text is presented as short, catchy sentences and phrases and is complemented by colourful illustrations....Recommended.
The illustrations are cute and everyone looks like they are having fun....a nice idea for kids who like to help in the kitchen....[T]here has been much discussion of late of more children's books where the children can see themselves in the books they read, requiring more diverse characters in kids' books, especially where the characters are just themselves without commentary on race or ethnicity and I was pleased to see this book as a great example of filling that need.