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Kid lit inspires cooking

February 8, 2010

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When kids ask if they can help make dinner, we can respond with appreciation. This may increase your prep time and double the mess, but the rewards are worth it. One of our kids checked out a cookbook from the school library last week and brought home extra enthusiasm. Studying The Boxcar Children Cookbook won’t turn your child into a snobbish young chef, thankfully.

kid lit cooking

kid lit cooking

When he was a beginning reader, our oldest son received a set of The Boxcar Children books as a gift from my precious lit-minded friend, Mary. If you’ve read this kid lit, you know that the siblings in the story learn to fend for themselves in many ways. They prepare food simply and realistically. If you want to encourage your kids to learn how it’s done, let them read a few of the books in this series.

In other cooking adventures, our third-grader insisted that I buy a copy of his school’s cookbook, created as a fundraiser by teachers. My first reaction was that we already have a bulging closet full of cookbooks. But I realized that if there were ever a time to expand his repertoire (his top three cookery skills are peeling carrots, making fruit salads and blending smoothies), this was the time. His teacher contributed several recipes to the book, and when he brought his copy home from school, he read it from front to back as if it were as satisfying as one of his comic books. The first recipe we made together was his teacher’s salsa. This may sound elementary – which is why it’s perfect for the elementary school set.

So if you’re thinking about giving your kids a gift from the heart this month . . . check out The Boxcar Children and prepare real food together while you let the children make some of the decisions.



Comments (4)

  • February 9, 2010 by Mary


    30 years later, my sister and I still talk about how good those potatoes with butter and salt must have tasted, the cold milk from the broken cup, fresh picked blueberries…. I loved that book series.

  • February 9, 2010 by The Cookery

    The Cookery

    Oh, yes . . . and nothing but sincere joy when the children actually saved their pennies for the butter. It was a treat for the potatoes as well as a slice of morning bread. The series gets my vote, too.

  • April 14, 2010 by Elizabeth


    I have 3 Boxcar fans at my house – the books are ideal for young chapter book readers! (My boys are purists, and will only read the first 19 of the series which are by the original author.) I had no idea there was a Boxcar cookbook. Thanks for mentioning it!

  • April 16, 2010 by The Cookery

    The Cookery

    Your purist young readers may snub the cookbook as well, but I hope they’ll browse it and claim a few new kitchen duties.

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