As a little girl and her father work together to make her birthday cake, he tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast. Includes author’s note and a cake recipe.
A beating heart. A talking tree. The rain forest. Love. Mysticism. Harvest. And above all, chocolate.
Abuelazs visits from Mexico are always full of excitement for young Sabrina. She canzt wait to see whatzs in her grandmotherzs yellow suitcase covered in stickers from all the places she has visited. Opening it is like opening a treasure chest, and this year is no different. Inside are a host of riches. zAbuelita, do you want to play a game? Letzs pretend that Izm a princess,z Sabrina says. zOkay, Sabrina,z Abuela says, zbut a Mayan princess should wear a beautiful dress called a huipil.z And she pulls the traditional garment worn by Mayan and Aztec women from her suitcase.Sabrina has lots of questions about her ancestors. Did Mayan princesses have money? Did they go to school? Did they eat chocolate ice cream? With her grandmotherzs help, Sabrina learns all about the cacao tree, which was first cultivated by Mexicozs indigenous tribes. Today, seeds from the cacao tree give us chocolate, but years ago the seeds were so valuable they were used as money. And Moctezuma, the Aztec emperor, liked to eat chocolate poured over bowls of snow brought from the mountains! Sabrina discovers that zchocolate is perfect for a Mayan princess.z And children ages 4-8 are sure to agree as they curl up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and this charming bilingual picture book that depicts a loving relationship between grandmother and granddaughter and shares the history and customs of the native peoples of Mexico.
I love chocolates because each one can be a surprise — you have to taste them all to find out what’s inside. It smells good and tastes even better. In I Love Chocolate, readers will experience the taste, smell, and color of the world’s most beloved treat through the eyes of a child. Whether you savor this book slowly or devour it with gusto, readers will appreciate — and crave — the content in this book that is perfect for children and grown-ups, too.
A girl in Santo Domingo tells how cocoa is harvested during the late 1800s while at the same time her counterpart in Maine tells about the harvesting of ice.