Groundwood Books

Cooking with Bear

A Story and Recipes from the Forest

Illustrated by Lisa Cinar • Written by Deborah Hodge

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published April 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773060743

Cover of Cooking with Bear

Regular price $19.95 CAD

48 pages | 10.5 in × 8.5 in
Print Format

About this book

Cooking with Bear

A Story and Recipes from the Forest

Lisa Cinar • Deborah Hodge

When Bear wakes up after a long, cold winter, he’s happy to see the signs of spring. To celebrate, he makes a special meal of fresh watercress soup and crusty seed bread. Fox follows his nose to Bear’s den and joins him for lunch. The food is delicious, and Fox, who is tired of eating the same old thing, asks Bear to teach him how to cook.

Together, they walk through the forest and gather ingredients. Along the way, they greet Squirrel, Chickadee, Beaver, Deer and Hare, asking their friends how they fared over the winter and what their favorite foods are. Bear and Fox are inspired by what they hear and find, and they return to Bear’s kitchen to cook a feast of forest foods to share with their neighbors.

At the end of the day, Bear writes a cookbook for Fox called Best of Bear — full of recipes that young readers can enjoy cooking, too! These fifteen delicious, kid-friendly recipes celebrate the foods of spring with dishes like watercress soup, nut burgers, wild greens pita pizza, hazelnut–chocolate chip cookies and a wild strawberry smoothie.

Readers will be happy to see how the animal friends from Bear’s Winter Party are doing in this joyful story, with recipes from award-winning author Deborah Hodge and exuberant art by illustrator Lisa Cinar.

About the Creators

Lisa Cinar

Lisa Cinar is an educator and the author and illustrator of two picture books, The Day It All Blew Away, nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, and Paulina P. (for Petersen). She also illustrated Bear’s Winter Party by Deborah Hodge and is the creator of Draw Me a Lion, a line of cards, prints and coloring accessories. She lives in Vancouver.

Deborah Hodge

Deborah Hodge is an award-winning author of more than twenty-five books for children. Her honors include the Children’s Literature Roundtable’s Information Book Award of Canada (won twice), the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on lists such as ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth and IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives in Vancouver.

Awards and Praise

Praise for Bear’s Winter Party:

“Inventive and appealing watercolors and the chatty yet straightforward text combine nicely … A solid choice on how to overcome isolation and learn to make friends.” Kirkus Reviews

“The stylized watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful … this is a worthwhile seasonal selection with an emphasis on friendship.” School Library Journal

“Lisa Cinar’s soft watercolour and pencil crayon illustrations illuminate Bear’s emotions and help young readers to understand the book itself is a recipe for friendship.” Canadian Children’s Book News

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