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Children's Fiction Friendship

Jayden's Secret Ingredient

by (author) Melina Mangal

illustrated by Ken Daley

Publisher
Free Spirit Publishing
Initial publish date
Aug 2023
Category
Friendship
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781631986024
    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price
    $28.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5

Description

Jayden discovers the secret ingredient to trying something new.

Jayden loves the outdoors and the garden he created with his friend Mr. Curtis. But he’s not so sure about sampling some of the garden’s produce. When Mr. Curtis invites neighbors to share the harvest of scarlet runner beans, Jayden faces a dilemma. Will he find the courage to try something new?

Jayden returns for all new adventures in Jayden’s Secret Ingredient. This story, which can be read as a standalone or as a sequel to the award-winning Jayden’s Impossible Garden, emphasizes the importance of friendship, community, and the courage and openness to try new things. Along with Mr. Curtis and Jayden, readers learn the value of outdoor play and contact with nature, from planting a seed to sharing and eating what it produces. This story is a natural starting point for the exploration of nature, ecology, and gardening, as well as for a cooking club.

At the back of the book, a section for adults has additional activities and other information to expand on the story and its ideas.

About the authors

Melina Mangal's profile page

KEN DALEY est né à Cambridge, en Ontario, de parents ayant immigré de la Dominique, dans les Antilles. Ken est diplômé honoraire de la Art Centre of Central Technical School et diplômé en technologie architecturale du Humber College de Toronto. Il a exposé ses œuvres au Canada, aux États-Unis et dans les Caraïbes, et son travail figure dans de nombreuses collections privées.

 

KEN DALEY was born in Cambridge, Ontario to parents who emigrated from Dominica, West Indies. Ken is an honorary graduate from the Art Centre of Central Technical School as well as an architectural technology graduate from Humber College in Toronto. He has exhibited his artwork within Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and his work can be found in numerous private collections. Ken’s previous books include Joseph’s Big Ride, Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings and Jayden’s Impossible Garden.To learn more about Ken, visit: https://www.kendaleyart.com.

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Editorial Reviews

“Highly recommended.”

“Highly recommended.”

Children’s Bookwatch

“I wish I’d had this book when my kids were growing up. Jayden’s Secret Ingredient is a story that encourages a more adventurous mealtime spirit. And the included recipes sound scrumptious. I can’t wait to try them all!”

Tameka Fryer Brown, children’s book author and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award winner

“I wish I’d had this book when my kids were growing up. Jayden’s Secret Ingredient is a story that encourages a more adventurous mealtime spirit. And the included recipes sound scrumptious. I can’t wait to try them all!”

Tameka Fryer Brown, children’s book author and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award winner

“Highly recommended.”

“I wish I’d had this book when my kids were growing up. Jayden’s Secret Ingredient is a story that encourages a more adventurous mealtime spirit. And the included recipes sound scrumptious. I can’t wait to try them all!”

Tameka Fryer Brown, children’s book author and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award winner

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