About this book
Cooking with Bear
A Story and Recipes from the Forest
Deborah Hodge • Lisa Cinar
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
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
About the Creators
Deborah Hodge is an award-winning author of thirty 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.
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.
Awards and Praise
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