Cooking with Bear

Cooking with Bear

A Story and Recipes from the Forest

Written by: Hodge, Deborah
Illustrated by: Cinar, Lisa
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

This springtime companion to Bear’s Winter Party combines fifteen kid-friendly recipes with a sweet story about friendship and food.

When Bear wakes up after a long, cold winter, he makes a special spring lunch and invites Fox to join him. The food is delicious, and Fox asks Bear to teach him how to cook.

They walk through the forest collecting honey, nuts and other wild ingredients, and they greet their friends along the way. With an armload of tasty foods, Bear and Fox return to Bear’s den and cook up a feast to share.

Afterwards, Bear writes down his recipes so that Fox (and you!) can enjoy many marvelous meals. His cookbook — Best of Bear — offers a selection of kid-friendly, forest-themed recipes, including nut burgers, wild greens pita pizza, hazelnut–chocolate chip cookies and a wild strawberry smoothie.

Readers can revisit the animal friends from Bear’s Winter Party and try out fifteen fun recipes in this playful story/cookbook from award-winning author Deborah Hodge, featuring exuberant art by Lisa Cinar.

Key Text Features
author’s note
recipes
index

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

This springtime companion to Bear’s Winter Party combines fifteen kid-friendly recipes with a sweet story about friendship and food.

When Bear wakes up after a long, cold winter, he makes a special spring lunch and invites Fox to join him. The food is delicious, and Fox asks Bear to teach him how to cook.

They walk through the forest collecting honey, nuts and other wild ingredients, and they greet their friends along the way. With an armload of tasty foods, Bear and Fox return to Bear’s den and cook up a feast to share.

Afterwards, Bear writes down his recipes so that Fox (and you!) can enjoy many marvelous meals. His cookbook — Best of Bear — offers a selection of kid-friendly, forest-themed recipes, including nut burgers, wild greens pita pizza, hazelnut–chocolate chip cookies and a wild strawberry smoothie.

Readers can revisit the animal friends from Bear’s Winter Party and try out fifteen fun recipes in this playful story/cookbook from award-winning author Deborah Hodge, featuring exuberant art by Lisa Cinar.

Key Text Features
author’s note
recipes
index

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Apr 1, 2019
Specifications pages | 8.5 in x 10.5 in

Praise for Deborah Hodge, Lisa Cinar and Cooking With Bear:

“A fun, accessible first cookbook for the little foxes in our lives.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Lisa Cinar’s exuberant, free-flowing ink, watercolor, and digitally enhanced illustrations are… [c]olorful and strongly emotive. … Kids will enjoy this delectable story of friendship, kindness, sharing, and community.” — Jama’s Alphabet Soup blog

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

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Lexile AD840L
Key Text Features author's note; recipes; index
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5