Celebrate American independence with this delightful picture book as you travel to Revolutionary America and meet the amazing Amelia Simmons: mother's helper, baker of delectable cakes, and soon-to-be authoress of the first American cookbook!
Master of the historical fiction picture book Deborah Hopkinson takes us back to late eighteenth-century America and the discombobulated home of Mrs. Bean, mother of six strapping sons, who simply can't manage—until Amelia Simmons arrives and puts things in order. And how well she cooks—everything from flapjacks to bread pudding to pickled cucumbers! She even invents new recipes using American ingredients like winter squash. Best of all, she can bake, and to honor the brand-new president, George Washington, she presents him with thirteen Independence Cakes—one for each colony. "Delicious!" he proclaims. Author's Note and original recipe included!
I have created 17 book extension activities for his title.
Making Connections Before Reading
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Options)
Reading Comprehension Questions (with answer key)
Compare and Contrast Amelia and You
Main Character Portrait
Making Connections: Text to Self
Making Connections: Text to Text
What do you think? Writing Activity
All About Amelia
Cover Art (Design a New Cover)
Independence Cake 3-2-1 Summarizing Activity
May I Suggest? Recipes for Cookbook
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