It's Nonna Mima's birthday, and Nonna Lidia and her grandkids are determined to throw her a surprise feast While planning the evening's menu, Nonna Lidia shares her memories of growing up on the farm during each season of the year, gardening her own fruits and vegetables, and being surrounded by animals of all kinds.Read more...
It's Nonna Mima's birthday, and Nonna Lidia and her grandkids are determined to throw her a surprise feast While planning the evening's menu, Nonna Lidia shares her memories of growing up on the farm during each season of the year, gardening her own fruits and vegetables, and being surrounded by animals of all kinds. After a trip to the farmers' market, Lidia and the kids prepare a pasta primavera, perfect for a family celebration
Renee Graef's warm, heartfelt illustrations capture Lidia Bastianich's love for her family and the food that they share. Included are eighteen recipes that emphasize the ingredients abundant during each season and the use of leftover ingredients, while "Kids Can" suggestions note ways that kids can participate in the making of the meals.
Whether you are looking for an intergenerational family story or are a fan of America's favorite Italian chef, Nonna's Birthday Surprise delivers a savory treat.
- ISBN-13: 9780762446551
- ISBN-10: 0762446552
- Publisher: Running Press Kids
- Publish Date: March 2013
- Page Count: 60
- Reading Level: Ages 4-UP
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-03-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Fans of Bastianich’s cooking shows on PBS will be familiar with her mother, Erminia, whose birthday brings the whole family together in the author’s second picture book, following 2010’s Nonna Tell Me a Story. As Nonni Lidia and her five grandchildren try to plan a menu for her mother’s birthday dinner, Lidia shares a season-by-season reminiscence of her childhood in Istria, now part of Croatia. Spring meant picking fresh peas, summer involved hunting down goose eggs, and harvesting potatoes and relying on preserved foods accompanied autumn and winter. There’s a strong locavore emphasis throughout, especially when—back in the present day—Nonni Lidia and her grandchildren visit the farmer’s market, gathering ingredients for pasta primavera. All five grandkids get lines and moments in the spotlight (one can’t play favorites where grandchildren are involved), which tends to further slow an already sluggish story. Graef (Paul Bunyan’s Sweetheart) provides soft, cheery scenes of intergenerational interaction, highlighting the idea that children can play active roles in family meals. More than a dozen recipes, organized by season, close out the story. All ages. Illustrator’s agent: Cornell and McCarthy. (Apr.)