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A Fine Dessert

Four Centuries Four Families One Delicious Treat

by Emily Jenkins; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)


In this fascinating picture book, four families, in four different cities, over four centuries, make the same delicious dessert: blackberry fool. This richly detailed book ingeniously shows how food, technology, and even families have changed throughout American history.

In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by a slave girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.

Kids and parents alike will delight in discovering the differences in daily life over the course of four centuries.

Includes a recipe for blackberry fool and notes from the author and illustrator about their research.

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Book Information

Copyright year 2015
ISBN-13 9780375868320
ISBN-10 0375868321
Class Copyright
Publisher Random House Children's Books
Subject Fiction;Juvenile Fiction
File Size 17 MB
Number of Pages 44
Length of Recording 1
Shelf No. KW330
Grade Range 0 - 3
Ages 4 - 8
Lexile AD770L