Grandpa Cacao : a tale of chocolate, from farm to family /

by Zunon, Elizabeth [author,].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.Description: 1 volume (unnumbered pages) : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9781681196404; 1681196409.Subject(s): Cacao -- Juvenile fiction | Cake -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Picture books for children | Cacao -- Fiction | Cake -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Picture books for childrenSummary: 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.
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<p> This beautifully illustrated story connects past and present as a girl bakes a chocolate cake with her father and learns about her grandfather harvesting cacao beans in West Africa. <br> <br> Chocolate is the perfect treat, everywhere!<br> <br> As a little girl and her father bake her birthday cake together, Daddy tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. In a land where elephants roam and the air is hot and damp, Grandpa Cacao worked in his village to harvest cacao, the most important ingredient in chocolate. "Chocolate is a gift to you from Grandpa Cacao," Daddy says. "We can only enjoy chocolate treats thanks to farmers like him." Once the cake is baked, it's ready to eat, but this isn'ther only birthday present. There's a special surprise waiting at the front door . . .</p>

Includes a recipe for Chocolate Celebration Cake.

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.

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As a little brown-skinned girl and her father make a special chocolate birthday cake, Daddy tells her about his own father, Grandpa Cacao, who grew cacao on his farm in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. As the birthday girl adds each ingredient, Daddy explains the complicated steps involved in growing the beans that flavor chocolate. Grandpa Cacao would cut the pods off the trees with a large, sharp knife; slice them open; and scoop out the sticky white beans, which were then loaded into pits lined with banana leaves, dried in the sun, and bagged to sell. While Zunon (who grew up in the Ivory Coast) illustrates father and daughter in color, she depicts the characters from Daddys stories of the past as white silhouettes, giving them a ghostly appearance as she incorporates Grandpa Cacao and his fellow villagers in the present-day narrative. When the cake is ready, Mama announces a surprise visitor: the best birthday present ever in the world! The family members recognizable West African kente cloth and patchwork-patterned fabrics lend both beauty and authenticity to the striking oil paint, collage, and screen-printed illustrations and point to the importance of traditions to those in the African diaspora when they settle in new places. The back matter provides informative details about the cacao trade (including cases of child labor and exploitation) and the process of making chocolate, along with a Chocolate Celebration Cake recipe. michelle h. martin (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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