If you have a young child who always wants to help you out at home, especially with cooking, Three Scoops and a Fig ($15.95, Peachtree Publishers, ages 4-8) is a really cute book to read. Written by Sara Laux Akin, this book tells the story of young Sofia, who messes up every time she tries to help members of her family cook a special Italian dinner for them and Sofia’s grandparents. (I like the fact that comments are made to the child, using a few Italian words, which are defined in the back of the book, plus a recipe.) By pure accident, Sophia makes something wonderful happen with food that makes the family proud of her. The illustrations, by Susan Kathleen Hartung, are delightful, rounding out Three Scoops and a Fig.
Debbie Glade, today’s guest reviewer, is the author, illustrator and voice talent of the award-winning children’s picture book The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica, published by Smart Poodle Publishing. She visits South Florida schools with her reading, writing and geography programs. For years, Debbie was a travel writer for luxury cruise lines. She writes parenting articles for various websites and is the Geography Awareness Editor for WanderingEducators.com. She blogs daily at smartpoodlepublishing.com.