Tosh loves listening to Grandma Honey tell family stories. His favorite is about the special tea cakes that smell like vanilla and sunshine. They were great-great-great-great-grandma Ida's specialty when she was a cook in the big house of a plantation. Read more...
Tosh loves listening to Grandma Honey tell family stories. His favorite is about the special tea cakes that smell like vanilla and sunshine. They were great-great-great-great-grandma Ida's specialty when she was a cook in the big house of a plantation. Unlike Tosh, the slave children weren't allowed to have any of the treats, though Grandma Ida always found a way to put the sugary sweetness into their hands anyway. It was a promise and taste of freedom to come.
Tosh knows this is an important story and he takes care to remember every word. And when grandma Honey begins to forget, he can return the gift of tea cakes and stories. A touching family tale, Tea Cakes for Tosh celebrates the important bond between grandchild and grandparent and the stories that make a family strong.
- ISBN-13: 9780399252136
- ISBN-10: 0399252134
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: December 2012
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-11-05
- Reviewer: Staff
When family recipes are passed down from one generation to the next, stories often accompany them; so it is with the tea cakes that Tosh's grandmother, Honey, bakes for him. Lewis's milky watercolors shift from color to sepia as Honey shares the story of Tosh's "great-great-great-great-grandma Ida," an expert cook who would secret away a couple of her famous tea cakes to give to her children and other young slaves. Back in the present, however, Honey's memory is becoming spotty, and Tosh organizes a role reversal of sorts, baking tea cakes for Honey and telling her Ida's story. "In a blink, Tosh's words carried his grandma from her seat to the plantation, a place neither had been but their hearts knew well," writes Lyons (Ellen's Broom). Caldecott Honoree Lewis's (Coming on Home Soon) watercolors glow with intergenerational tenderness and familial pride; recipe cards showcase the items needed to make tea cakes (a recipe is also included), underscoring the idea that a few simple ingredients can create not just a treat but, as Honey puts it, "a promise of days to come." Ages 5–8. Agent: Dwyer & O'Grady. (Dec.)