A Fine Dessert

14823980Title: A Fine Dessert

Author: Emily Jenkins

Illustrator: Sophie Blackall

Publisher: Schwartz and Wade

Year: 2015



Story Element PATTERNS This book does a superb job of weaving a story through patterns. Four families across four centuries make the same dessert. As teachers often do, I will create a compare and contrast chart to review the story for you. If you are doing this with children, of course, you will have them create their own charts or make a class chart together. (I’m sorry I can’t figure out how to box the information into ‘charts’ here, so I simply listed it in columns.)

1710                          1810                         1910                       2010

Lyme, England         Charleston, SC          Boston, MA                San Diego, CA

town                        plantation                 city                          city

girl and mother         girl and mother          girl and mother         boy and father

pick blackberries       pick blackberries        open-air market         supermarket

milked cow               horse-drawn wagon    delivery man             supermarket

skimmed cream        delivered cream          pasteurized cream    pasteurized organic

—–                        —–                           recipe book              recipe on internet

beat w/ soft twigs     beat w/metal whisk     rotary beaters          electric mixer

15 minutes               10 minutes                 5 minutes                2 minutes

water from well         water from well          water from sink        water in sink

strained – muslin       smashed – sieve         smashed – sieve       food processor

poured sugar            poured sugar               poured sugar          poured sugar

mixed in cream        mixed in cream            mixed in cream        mixed in cream

girl licked spoon        girl licked spoon         girl licked spatula      boy licked spatula

ice pit in hillside        box in basement        ice box in kitchen   refrigerator in kitchen

sheets of winter ice   blocks of ice                 blocks of ice          (electricity)

family supper           served master’s family   family dinner         guests for dinner

blackberry fool         blackberry fool            blackberry fool        blackberry fool

in blue dishes          in yellow dishes           in green dishes        in white dishes

girl licked bowl       mother/girl licked bowl  girl licked bowl       boy licked bowl

in kitchen                hidden in closet              in kitchen             in kitchen

—————————— What a fine dessert! —————————-


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14 Responses to “A Fine Dessert”

  1. lauraboffa February 25, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    I love the chart! This is a great concept for a picture book – so educational for kids to see the way certain things evolve over time while others stay the same, and in a way that they can really grasp and enjoy. Thank goodness one thing that hasn’t changed is that kids are still licking the bowl!


    • Juliana Lee February 26, 2015 at 1:09 AM #

      Hahahaha… yes! Where would we be if kids didn’t still lick the bowl! 🙂


  2. Christie Wright Wild February 24, 2015 at 11:10 PM #

    That is SO awesome. Love the 4 generations and the similarities and differences. Being published in 2015, they sure picked a “timeless” cover to represent ages past. This sounds like something I’d like to write, pattern-wise at least. Thanks for sharing the way you did.


    • Juliana Lee February 26, 2015 at 1:09 AM #

      You’re so welcome. It was so well done. I’m sure older kids could easily pick up the pattern and start expecting similarities and differences as they go along.


  3. SevenAcreSky February 24, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

    Looks like great teaching to me! Love the way this chart defines the patterns for a reader. Thanks Juliana.


    • Juliana Lee February 24, 2015 at 7:08 PM #

      You’re quite welcome. This book made it really easy to demonstrate.


  4. ManjuBeth February 24, 2015 at 6:33 PM #

    Juliana, Thanks for taking the time to chart this book. I haven’t heard of blackberry fool.


    • Juliana Lee February 24, 2015 at 7:09 PM #

      I know! Such an easy recipe and I’ve never had it. Must remedy that soon.


  5. Linda E.H. February 24, 2015 at 4:17 PM #

    that’s the first time I’ve seen a story summed up in a chart but it actually worked better than if you had tried to write it out.


    • Juliana Lee February 24, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

      Thanks Linda. It’s an old teacher’s trick. (The trick is old, not the teacher!) 🙂


  6. Joyce Tucker February 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM #

    Sounds like an wonderful story that crosses time in a unique way!


    • Juliana Lee February 24, 2015 at 4:01 PM #

      Yes, and with such a simple recipe kids can see how much and how little things change over 400 years!


  7. thelogonauts February 24, 2015 at 1:06 PM #

    Great way of synthesizing the story!


    • Juliana Lee February 24, 2015 at 1:14 PM #

      Thank you. But really, this book lays it out so well, this is easy to do! Glad you liked it!


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