Written by Erin Hagar
Julia Child was passionate and friendly, as is this new biography about her life and work. The text is conversational as well as informative.
Like many grown-ups, even Julia Child sometimes wondered what her real life’s work might turn out to be as she moved all over the world. Finally, one day while having lunch in a restaurant in Paris, France stirred up her passion for good food.
Grade three readers, or grade six readers and any others who pick up this biography will be amazed at how this girl from Pasadena, California grows up to become one of the most successful and famous chefs in history. Her cookbooks and television shows were followed by thousands. People still roast a chicken the same way Julia taught them, all while laughing and visiting with them and the TV filming crew.
Each chapter includes several full-page sketches depicting various events of Julia’s life. Readers will love how these sketches help transport them into her world.
Teachers, librarians, and parents will applaud how much this book can be a comfortable read, and also provide a bridge to research-based reading and writing. It fulfills many core curriculum standards in the areas of literacy, geography, history and culture. Students can use the index, glossary, bibliography and timeline while completing their own research into the life of this famous woman. This would be a great addition to any upper elementary or middle school, and public library collection. Also, a fun birthday or Christmas surprise for any third to seventh grader who loves to read and cook.
- Title: Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures
- Author: Erin Hagar
- Illustrator: Joanna Gorham
- Publisher: Duopress, 2015
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
- ISBN: 978-1-938093-34-0
- Genre: Biography
- Grade level: 3 to 7
- Extras: Glossary, Index, Time-line, Bibliography, Illustrations of Julia Child Historic Kitchen in Washington, D. C.