A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
From highly acclaimed author Jenkins and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Blackall comes a fascinating picture book in which four families, in four different cities, over four centuries, make the same delicious dessert: blackberry fool. This richly detailed book ingeniously shows how food, technology, and even families have changed throughout American history.
In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by an enslaved girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.
Kids and parents alike will delight in discovering the differences in daily life over the course of four centuries.
Includes a recipe for blackberry fool and notes from the author and illustrator about their research.
About the Author
EMILY JENKINS has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including Water in the Park, a Booklist Editors' Choice and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; Lemonade in Winter, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and two Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Books: Five Creatures and That New Animal. She is also the author of the popular Toys trilogy: Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit the author at emilyjenkins.com.
SOPHIE BLACKALL received the Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick. She is the illustrator of The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; and Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award winner. She has also illustrated the Mr. and Mrs. Bunny series by Polly Horvath and the bestselling Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows. A native of Australia, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at sophieblackall.com, where she has regularly posted about the process of making this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought the book with the idea that after my grandchildren finished the book we would make the Blackberry Fool. The story is delicately complex with a historical look at how this desssert was made through the ages. After finishing the book I was touched - especially how the dessert was made in time of slavery. By the way the Berry Fool we made after we finished the book was delightful.
Wow! This is a great children's book. The concept of four families from different centuries preparing and enjoying the same dessert is interesting. But the execution of this concept is really what is brilliant! The author and illustrator include notes on how they wrote and illustrated the book. I was really impressed by the authenticity they showed to the historical elements of the book. The story raises many important concepts: industrialization, gender roles, white privilege, family relationships, and context of time and place. I read this book to my 5-year old daughter. I am going to bring a copy to her preschool because it would be a great lesson to read the story and prepare the dessert with the students. Buy this book!