There WILL be a recipe.
I was given a copy of this book in preparation for today’s post. When I was reading it, I kept thinking, “This is not a book for kids. Kids the age this book would look attractive to would not get this, couldn’t even read it.”
AND I WAS RIGHT.
At the end of the book is a marvelous page called:
A Note to Caring Adults from the Authors
Following that, the authors take the text line by line, suggesting ways to open a discussion with a child to whom you’re reading the book. The suggestions are excellent. I can clearly imagine going through What Does It Mean to Be American with my little one, examining the deceptively rich pictures and turning the concepts from abstractions to actionable realities.
What are some things you are grateful for? How do you show your gratitude? … Find three physical things around you and discover who invented or created each one.
Look at this picture, for example.
What Does It Mean to Be American is bi-partisan patriotism at its finest, written by a left-leaner and a right-leaner.
What Does It Mean To Be American? will be published by Sourcebooks | Little Pickle Press on April 9, 2019. It’s a gorgeously illustrated, poetically written foray into the concept of being American beyond baseball and apple pie. It’s bipartisan (Rana leans left, her co-author, Elad Yoran, is an Israeli immigrant who is politically right wing) and inclusive.
Co-author Rana DiOrio is a third-generation Italian American who is deeply proud of her Italian heritage and family.
Co-author Elad Yoran is the first American-born child of immigrant parents.
Illustrator Nina Mata’s family emigrated from the Philippines when she was six years old.
And the recipe I promised? How about one adapted from an American Indian recipes book? It, along with other quick and easy dishes can be found on my Alligator Sandwiches page. I call those recipes Alligator Sandwiches because they’re snappy.
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 cup water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a pie pan. Mix water and flour. Put dough in pie pan. Pat down fairly flat with water-coated hands. Bake about 30 minutes, or until risen and brown. That’s all there is to it! At first taste, you may think it’s kind of bland, but it is excellent with soups and stews, or warm and slathered with butter.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Follow the suggestion. Grab something near to you and research to find who invented it.