Picture book author Jim Aylesworth has several retellings of traditional tales, all illustrated by Barbara McClintock. The two also produced a picture book biography of Abraham Lincoln based on an old campaign song sung to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare.”
All of these books, in addition to telling wonderful stories, have a recipe on the back cover. According to his website (www.ayles.com), the sugar cookie recipe on the back of The Tale of the Tricky Fox is adapted from Aylesworth’s great-grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe.
Any of these stories would make for a great activity with your children: read the story, make the recipe, eat the results.
|Aunt Pitty Patty’s Piggy||Aunt Pitty Patty’s Old-Fashioned Cornbread|
|Gingerbread Man||Gingerbread Cookies|
|Goldilocks and the Three Bears||Mama Bear’s Porridge Cookies|
|Our Abe Lincoln||Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla Almond Cake|
|The Mitten||Hot Cocoa|
|The Tale of the Tricky Fox||Tricky Fox’s Eat-Your-Hat Cookies (sugar cookies)|
Happy reading and happy eating!