By Suzanne Bloom
32 pages, ages 2 – 6
Boyds Mills Press 2011
Not long after school started this year, I wrote an article for the local paper about getting healthy, locally-raised food onto the school lunch menu.
That’s not at all what this book’s about. Feeding Friendsies may be about feeding your friends, but it celebrates imagination and mud pies.
“Lolly made a lovely, crunchy lunch from stems and leaves with flowers on top,” writes Bloom. “Will she eat it? Oh no, no, no – she made it for the butterflies.” A pair of Swallowtails, a Monarch, and a Red Admiral flutter above a salad piled high in a gardener’s straw hat.
When Nana finally calls Lolly and her friends to lunch, there’s a table loaded with carrot sticks, blueberries and blackberries, tomatoes fresh off the vine. Will they eat it? “Oh yes. Oh yes, yes, yes!”
I love the way Bloom brings the garden community to life - the butterflies and frogs and chickadees – even the puddle-water-soup-stirring kids. I love her bold watercolor paintings and the way she plays around with the title. This is just a plain fun book to read out loud!
themes: friendship, imaginative play
exploring beyond the book: Making mud pies is pretty straightforward; you just need good dirt. But here's some ideas for other things to do with mud.There's tons of things you can do with leaves - and now's a perfect time to collect leaves. Make a collage. Turn them into leaf fairies or animals. Rake them into a big pile for jumping. Mulch a garden. Try to move the way leaves do as they fall. Follow a falling leaf - how far does it travel? How long does it take a leaf to reach the ground?