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Tea Cakes for Tosh - Hardcover
A young boy helps his beloved grandmother remember an important family story
Tosh loves listening to Grandma Honey tell family stories. His favorite is about the special tea cakes that smell like vanilla and sunshine. They were great-great-great-great-grandma Ida's specialty when she was a cook in the big house of a plantation. Unlike Tosh, the slave children weren't allowed to have any of the treats, though Grandma Ida always found a way to put the sugary sweetness into their hands anyway. It was a promise and taste of freedom to come.
Tosh knows this is an important story and he takes care to remember every word. And when grandma Honey begins to forget, he can return the gift of tea cakes and stories. A touching family tale, Tea Cakes for Toshcelebrates the important bond between grandchild and grandparent and the stories that make a family strong.
Tosh loves when his grandma Honey bakes her special golden tea cakes. He also loves her stories of a brave family history stretching back to slavery times. Tosh’s great-great-great-great-grandma Ida made the best tea cakes, and although she was forbidden to give them to her children and other young slaves, she hid a few in her pocket and risked being whipped to give the children “a taste of sweet freedom.” Lewis illustrates the warm, intimate story with beautiful full-page watercolors—sepia shades for the past, full color for the present day—that show the close bond between Tosh and his grandma as they spend their afternoons together. Then Grandma Honey starts forgetting things, but when Tosh makes the tea cakes, she remembers the proud family story. The climax is first a sepia-tone image of Grandma Ida on the plantation, giving young people the golden treats, followed by a scene of a close embrace between Tosh and his grandma now. The final full recipe adds to the enduring story of courage and caring. Preschool-Grade 3. --Rochman, Hazel
About the Author
Kelly Starling Lyons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
Features & details
|Reading level||5-8 years|
|Publisher||G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers|
|Publication date||December 6, 2012|
|Product Dimensions||9.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1 pounds|
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