I already told you about Wolf Story. With some much loved gift cards to Amazon I got another title from the New York Review Children's Collection. This title is one I remember from childhood.
|Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow|
I first found this book in the library when I was about 8 or 9. Even though I was rather young I appreciated the tongue in cheek humor. The recipes for "Pie Throwing Pies" or "Fried Water" tickled my funny bone then and continue to delight. I actually followed her directions for "Back Yard Stew" and paced off an eight step square and remember trying to find as many different bits of flora as possible to put in the "stew". Rereading this as an adult, it strikes me that it assumes children have access to the outdoors (and not just overly groomed and manicured yard) and plenty of free time. Both I think are necessary for a healthy and happy kiddlet. A dirty child is a happy child!
I've decided to review as many of the New York Times Children's List as I can this year. This list is huge and they keep adding to it. I'm off to try to choose the next ones.