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When my son was a year and a half old my husband was teaching night school to help make ends meet. On nights when he was teaching I had to make dinner and keep my son out of trouble at the same time. The only way I could do both was to teach him how to cook.
The cooking lessons (scrambled eggs, biscuits and other simple things) were a hit. He and now his sister loves to cook. So Cook-a-doodle-doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel was a perfect picture book for the three of us to share.
The rooster main character is the grandson of the little red hen. He has inherited her cook book and sets out to make strawberry shortcake. The rooster though has better friends than his grandmother and knows how to ask them for help.
As someone who has taught (and is still teaching) two children how to cook, I found the book hilarious. The children enjoyed it too, recognizing the mistakes the friends were making.
The book includes the recipe the friends were baking. We didn't get a chance to try it out but maybe the next time we check out the book, we will.