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Apr 10, 2008 06:41 AM

Children's Books that Feature Food

My Side of the Mountain is a classic food survival story as is Hatchet. Worry Week, by Anne Morrow Lindburgh, is a girls survival story set on North Haven, Maine. Blueberries for Sal, Newbury the Clam and Leroy the Lobster all use a Maine setting. Ping of the Yangse is set in China. What other children's books feature food as as a theme, either directly of indirectly?

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  1. An obvious one: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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    1. re: butterfly

      Stone Soup.
      Strega Nona.
      In the Night Kitchen.

      1. re: dolores

        In the Night Kitchen is great.

        Besides Strega Nona, Tomie de Paola also has a book called The Popcorn Book, obviously about popcorn. I love his illustrations, especially the ones of a little guy inside the kernel getting redder and angrier until the kernel pops.

      2. re: butterfly

        This one is by far my favorite! Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is also high at the top for me. There's also this relatively new book called Carl's Odyssey. My niece and nephew love it! Best of all, it's a series.

      3. Not exclusively a childrens book, but I remember reading Heidi when I was a kids and loving the description of the cheeses, the goats milk and bread. Wanted to be in the mountains with Grandfather and Heidi feasting!

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        1. re: macca

          oh wow i totally remember those descriptions in Heidi! It just sounded like such a simple but perfect meal, it was definitely a fantasy of mine to eat exactly that in a wood cabin.

          1. re: jhfinxy

            Me, too. Never got over the images of those toasted cheese meals or the milk in the bowl...

        2. Another similar thread.........

          Two of my favorites:

          Something's Happening on Calabash Street
          Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

          1. Mexicali Soup
            Bunny Cakes
            Pumpernickel Tickle and Mean Green Cheese
            Bread and Jam for Francis
            Leave Herbert Alone features a tuna fish sandwich as a sort of deus ex machina

            and the descriptions of food in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy are drool-worthy

            1. Thanks, I should have searched the board. At least I didn't post on the other thread and forgot about it! Whew!