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Julia, Child

Maclear, Kyo (Author)
Morstad, Julie (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781770494497 (hardcover)
9780735264014 (paperback)
9781770494503 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, figurative language, point of view

Award

Governor General’s Literary Award – Finalist – 2014

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Julia and her friend Simca love French cooking and eating French food. With lyric eloquence, the language describes shopping, experimenting, and most of all, their satisfaction in each other and their work: “Fluffy clouds of cheese soufflé. Perfect loaves of crusty baguette.”

Artful pen drawings are accented with colour, using fine brush strokes and other markings. In one spread, tentacles escape the girls’ cooking pot, while a pink layer cake sags on the kitchen table. In another, the regimented adults at cooking class look down their noses at the girls, whose scribbled notes lie among chopped onions. Back in their own kitchen, Julia sprinkles fresh herbs, while Simca tosses butter into a rainbow-steaming pot.

In the end, through their delicious dishes, the girls teach grown-ups about the importance of joy, meaningful work and play, and being kind to one another: “‘There is plenty enough for us all,’ announced Julia, so the grown-ups would get over their feelings of never-enoughness.”

Young readers will relate to the message in this fun and attractive book. They may wish to share their own perspectives on the strangeness of adults.

  •  

    List rich expressions and adjectives in the book that stir the imagination and engage the senses.

  •  

    Learn more about Julia Child, the famous cook. How are the book’s characters similar to Julia Child? Do you enjoy cooking?

  •  

    Do you think the girls will still be best friends when they grow up? Predict what you will be doing 10 years from now and who your friends will be. Place your note in a time capsule jar and give it to the principal for safekeeping.

  •  

    In pairs, concoct a recipe for a successful friendship. Include the ingredients (attributes) and steps (actions) required.

  •  

    “Too many grown-ups don’t have the proper ingredients”: What do you think she means? Do you agree?

  •  

    Use the title, dust jacket and front flap to predict what the story will be about. 

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    Discuss the messages in this story (enjoy the little things in life, stay young at heart, follow your passion).

  •  

    Create character maps for Julia and Simca (qualities, likes, dislikes). Create one for yourself. 

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    With the whole class, list the cooking vocabulary from the book. With a partner, organize these words and explain your choice of categories.

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    Discuss the youthful qualities you would like to keep as you enter your teenage years. Add them to a bookmark or feature them in the graduation yearbook.

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    Write a recipe, using the style on the front flap, to describe what made your class special this year.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science and Technology