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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
I’ve always loved to bake. I even had a special cookbook that was meant for young bakers. Lulubelle loves baking, too. Like me, she has a special love affair with anything chocolate. Though, she does enjoy baking non-chocolate specialties like apple pandowdy, graham raisin cookies, and spicy ginger snaps. I have a box of recipes, alphabetically-organized so I can find my favorite recipes quickly and easily. Lulubelle has the same idea. Each of her special treats is alphabetically organized.
Dawn Doig’s children’s picture book and cookbook, Lulubelle Loves to Bake, is a great way to introduce young readers to baking and organizing important things like recipes alphabetically. With rhyming verse, the author introduces each new treat, saying something special about it. For example, her introduction to the graham raisin cookies reads: “Lulubelle loves goodies made of graham; such a glamorous glorious taste./ Cookies graced with graham and raisins are cookies you won’t want to waste.” Notice how the introduction to this recipe, which falls under the letter ‘G’ for graham raisin cookies, uses a lot of words which begin with the letter ‘G’. It’s a very clever technique to expand a young reader’s ability to recognize words that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
Each recipe is well presented with a list of ingredients in order of use and detailed instructions. The colorful illustrations, which include a cute creature called Lulubelle, will certainly charm young readers into wanting to try making each of these delicious-looking treats. What a great learning tool for baking, reading, recognizing the importance of each letter of the alphabet, and organizational skills (listing one’s special recipes alphabetically).