Healthy Cooking for Kids!

Review by: Ann M. Mills, M.S.Ed.

 March is officially Good Nutrition Month, but we want to encourage kids to think about healthy food choices all year long and that will be easy with this fun set of 50 colorful, wipe-clean recipe cards.  The pack includes safety and cleanliness guidelines for working in the kitchen as well as healthy hints and fun facts on each card along with the delicious-sounding recipes.  Teachers might like to buy this, then allow students to pick out a card every weekend to try with their families.  These look like recipes that everyone would eat:  Banana Pancakes, a Breakfast Tortilla, Mini Pizzas, Chicken Drumsticks, Rainbow Beef (stir fry) and Crumbly Cobbler!

The Five Ancestors – Dragon, Book 7

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Review by: Ann M. Mills, M.S.Ed.

Fans of The Five Ancestors book adventures will want to snatch up this final installment of the series – Dragon.  On his website, author Jeff Stone talks about how he practices martial arts every day.  He visits schools to talk about his books and the nation of China, and to show students the animal fighting postures that that are styles of characters in his books:  Tiger, Monkey, Snake, Crane, Dragon, Mantis and Eagle. My favorite chapters are the ones where the author describes how Long, the Dragon, learns to ride different horses. There is fighting and violence in this tale, but reluctant readers are likely to be drawn in by this adventure story, set in a mysterious and distant land. Since the names of the numerous characters can be slightly confusing if your child hasn’t read any of the Five Ancestors books, the first book in the series – Tiger – is where they should start.