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Thursday 30 August 2012

Review: Maisy Makes Gingerbread

When my son was much smaller than he today - now 14 years old - he loved going to our local bakery to buy a gingerbread man. So the story Maisy makes gingerbread quickly became one of his favourites. This story would have him planning and begging me for us to bake gingerbread at home.

Maisy’s story supports pre-readers to understand the sequence or the steps in how to carry out a cooking activity. Using the illustrations in this story my son would make sure that when we made gingerbread that he would have everything Maisy did. Apron. Check. Recipe. Check. Flour, sugar, butter, eggs and ginger. Check. Mixing bowl. Check. And the list goes on.

I especially liked the page where Maisy is licking the bowl while the gingerbread was cooking, as it reminded me of cooking with my mother. And for those readers who like Charley and Tallulah, they show up “Just in time for afternoon tea.”

The story is written in a simple style, easy for beginner readers to read. The bright colourful illustrations add another layer to the text. Before you know it your pre-reader will be predicting the next words in the story.

Please note that no recipe for gingerbread is included with this book.

If you like gingerbread then you must read this to your little ones. In fact when my son saw me writing this review he said “yum, gingerbread men.”

The complete story of Maisy makes gingerbread can be accessed online on Maisy’s Fun Club.

- this review by Leanne Barrett

Title: Maisy Makes Gingerbread
Author: Lucy Cousins
Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
Publisher: Walker Books, $10.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1999
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780744572186
For ages: 2 – 5 years
Type: Picture Book