Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook by Mike Berenstain

I love kids cookbooks. I think teaching your child cooking skills is a necessity for living in life later. Starting earliest is the best, well, according to me. That's why I love books that help kids learn to cook and it's even better when they come from a very well known and loved franchise like the Berenstain Bears.

The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook by Mike Berenstain is great book for early learners. The book itself starts with Valentine's Day and works it's way through the holidays up to Christmas. There are at least 6 recipes for each holiday that are easy for your kids to make. Some of them do require an adults help but there are tons of them that can be done by the kid completely with adult supervision only. One of the other things that caught my attention is that each section starts with short story and biblical reference before you get to the recipes.

I really liked this book, but there are a few things that I wish would have been a little different. Like I said, the book starts the year off with Valentine's Day, but I think they missed out on a great holiday, New Years. There could have been some really fun recipes they could have added for that holiday and your year would start out with the first holiday of the year. Secondly, there is a section titled "Fall Festivities" instead of just labeling it Halloween. I think that it's kind of pointless to label it what it is when some of the titles of recipes in that section are Halloween centered: Tricks and Treats Trail Mix and Creepy Crawly Pasta Salad just to name a couple. I understand the Christian basis of this cookbook and love that, but if you are going to have a section for Halloween, just call it Halloween. But, that's just my opinion.

All in all, this was a cute cookbook that I know will get used a lot by my family. We will keep this one handy for all the holidays. I would also say that if you are a homeschooling family this might make a great addition to your curriculum. You could use this for a home economic curriculum throughout the year.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}