This afternoon we read a new book called End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, written by Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak, Marianne Welsh and illustrated by Kristen Gau.
End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad is a children's book that turns a story into a recipe. The story follows two children AKA the Kitchen Club Kids and their mom as they describe making a salad out of the colors of the rainbow.
Franky and I were at the grocery store this morning and we picked up all that we needed for our recipe. We already had some of the ingredients (apples, bananas, strawberries) but needed some others (papaya, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries).
Lilia and her friend came in after school and asked if they could have fruit for a snack. "Well, you're in luck," I said and showed them End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad. "What do you think about reading the story and making this recipe?" "Yeah!" they said dropping their book bags and paging through the book.
The girls and Franky gathered around the table and started reading. The book starts out with a recipe in the form of a story. After the story, is the more "official" recipe where you will find a typical ingredient list and detailed instructions. Since there's little room for error when making fruit salad, I just let the girls read the story and we made the recipe following their lead.
The book's use of counting (1-10) and colors makes it perfect for kids Franky's age who are learning these skills. Lilia liked it as well because she could actually read the story and understand how to prepare the food.
I helped cut up the fruit, they scooped out papaya seeds and pulled grapes from their stems. Franky picked up the fruit with a big spoon and put it in the bowl. Their favorite part was doing some taste testing while we put everything together.
Finally, we were at the end of the recipe and Franky, who was waiting semi-patiently to stir it up the entire time, finally had his wish as he mixed up all of the fruit. I served it in cups and everyone (including me) had seconds.
I will say I make a pretty mean fruit salad with fresh berries in the summer. I have to admit, this one had me beat. The flavors were so bright and sweet. I almost forgot it was a chilly autumn day.
The recipe calls for one tablespoon of orange juice to be tossed into the salad. We had an orange juice detractor amongst us, so we skipped that part. If you want the added citrus kick, by all means go for it, but even without the orange juice, it was delicious.
I love that this is a good beginner recipe for kids that's actually healthy. I think we'll have to put this one together once a week so I can serve it for breakfast and snacks.
You can read more about End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad by clicking, here.
Happy reading (and eating)!
I received a free copy of End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, but my words and opinions reflected in this post are my own.
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