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I am always looking for books that are not only fun, but sneak in alot of learning as well. You have managed to capture both aspects with this series.

Posted by Basia at November 7, 2007 08:13 PM

This book is delightful! Who doesn't want their kids to cook correctly!! Easy to read and entertaining.

Posted by J. Gimino at November 7, 2007 10:28 AM

This review was posted to with a rating of five stars:

For a small child, everything is a potential learning experience. In this book aimed primarily at children 3-5 years old (and, more specifically, their parents), authors Susan Mills and Diana Shara show you how to make baking both fun and educational for youngsters. Now, when I was a small kid, all I cared about was licking the spoon (who knew the batter had raw eggs in it?), so I'm sure many a kid comes calling on the kitchen whenever something (especially a cake) is being prepared. Rather than shoo them out from under your feet, you can follow the example of this book and teach them a few principles of baking - and have some fun together all at the same time.

Frankie and her little pals head down to Garcia's Bakery because they are bored. Once there, they naturally want to help. Even though he has a big specialty order to get ready, Mr. Garcia takes them back to the kitchen and shows them the basics of his art. He even lets them help - watching them carefully all the while, of course, especially around the oven. Do they make a mess? Yes, but that's how a lot of kids learn. The cake still comes out perfect, everyone is happy, and the kids have learned something in the process.

The bright and colorful illustrations (courtesy of Annmarie Ashkar, Matthew Schiavone, and Tim Steinmeier) should really draw kids' attention to what is going on in these pages, helping to keep the story fun and exciting. The authors include several Did You Know? notes, practical tips for parents, and suggestions for skill-building activities for the kids. At the end, there are even a few recipes parents and children can bake together. You can find several more activities - and check up on future books in the series (dealing with other fun subjects such as gardening and caring for pets) - at the Frankie and Her Little Pals website. The whole idea of these books is to help your child develop the skills and self-confidence he/she needs to start school on the right foot. If this first book is any indication, it will be a most enjoyable and successful series.

Posted by Daniel Jolley at July 15, 2007 09:22 AM

I love the "did you know" and skill builder sections. Even adults can learn from these books!

Posted by OH Mom at May 7, 2007 06:44 PM

I have read the book many, many times to my daughter. We love the book! I will be ordering another for her friend.

Posted by C. Kline at April 17, 2007 07:20 AM

Great book! What a great format, cute characters, and fun story.

Posted by P. Heiser at April 10, 2007 02:52 PM

Canīt wait to read it Spanish! Frankie & Her pals look adorable.

Posted by N. Sanchez at April 9, 2007 01:22 PM

I canīt wait to get my copy of the book. The idea is genius. We busy Momīs love the help.

Posted by M. Rubio at April 9, 2007 01:21 PM

The illustrations are fabulous. I love Frankie!

Posted by J. Stephens at April 9, 2007 01:20 PM

After reading your book, my son jumped with glee and was ready to start baking. Vivid characters, love the story.

Posted by A. McCarty at April 9, 2007 01:19 PM

What an accomplishment! Great idea for a book series. We need more books like this.

Posted by P. Wilson at April 9, 2007 01:17 PM

This book is Fantastic! Adorable characters. Well done.

Posted by N. Jones at March 6, 2007 09:01 PM

As a dad with two young kids, I am all about having them experience life and learn by doing and getting their "hands on" different activities. This series sound very cool!

Posted by CA Father at January 23, 2007 01:05 PM

I would buy all 3. My daughter would love them.

Posted by AZ Mother at January 23, 2007 01:05 PM

Congratulations! The stories and illustrations look amazing. I will definitely buy these, I have 3 little nephews that would love them

Posted by NJ Mother at January 23, 2007 01:04 PM

I also have two daughters who love to clean, bake, etc. Anything to help mom. These items are invaluable! I would love to have books like these to share with my girls!

Posted by CA Mother at January 23, 2007 01:04 PM

What a wonderful library of books. With gameboys and the like, the simple pleasures of reading with your children and other parent-child activities seem to have fallen by the wayside. I believe your books and the skill building activities that go with them will help bring together moms, dads and their kids. With the hectic schedules so many families keep these days, that is quite an accomplishment!

Posted by CA Aunt at January 23, 2007 01:03 PM

These are adorable. I would absolutely buy them.

Posted by PA Mother at January 23, 2007 01:02 PM

I love the characters.

Posted by CA Mother at January 23, 2007 01:02 PM

They sound great! I can't wait to read one!

Posted by NY Mother at January 23, 2007 01:01 PM

What a wonderful idea! Where do I buy these books?! Susan, you are a genius!

Posted by NY Mother at January 23, 2007 01:00 PM

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