in March with "Little Prince"
April "Wind in the Willows"
Valerie Budayr, children's book author, publisher, co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day and creator of jumpintoabook site originated this idea.
Joining me in this book-ish and fun campaign are a handful of powerhouse bloggers who are excited to share their very own #readkidsclassics picks! Look for their post on readkidsclassics or watch for specific hashtag on twitter #ReadKidsClassics by the bloggers to see what classic book reading fun they have created.
Valarie at Jump Into a Book
Jodie at Growing Book By Book
Author Barbara Ann Mojica
Cindy at One Part Sunshine
Lisa at Squishable Baby
Besides reading a classic for the sheer enjoyment here are 10 reasons we'll always love classics.
Roald Dahl has written entertaining children's stories that contain morals and life lessons that even adults can appreciate. In James and the Giant Peach, he handles the themes of abandonment, abuse, and redemptive reward--with justice doled out appropriately to all concerned. First published in the US in 1961 and the UK in 1967, the book’s rich imagery and amusing characters have made it a children's classic for over 50 years. Dahl also weaves funny singsong poetry into this fantastical tale which makes for a great read aloud.
I read the 1996 reprinted edition illustrated by Lane Smith. His name may be familiar to you having illustrated " The Story of The Three Little Pigs" (1989) and "The Stinky CheeseMan" (1992).
To refresh you memory on the engaging plot line...
Celebrate the book by making Peach Hand Pies
Pie Crust Ingredients and Directions:
Cook's notes: The following recipe has been adapted from Midwest Living July/August 2013 using refrigerated pie crusts.
- You will need two 15 oz. packages (four crusts) let them stand according to package directions to soften.
- On a lightly floured surface use a 4 inch round cookie cutter or rim of a large jar or glass that is 4 inches. Roll each circle to 1/8 inch thickness. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of fruit filling into center of each circle leaving 3/4 inch border.
- Brush border with an egg wash. Take another pie crust circle and use a small star cookie cutter to cut out center. Place this circle on top of other pie crust circle that has pie filling. Crimp edges with a fork. Brush top with an egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar or a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
- Another alternative is folding one circle over so it looks like a half moon pie. You will need less filling. Crimp edges and brush with a egg wash. Pictured above.
- Bake 375 for 19-20 minutes. Recipe filling makes 8 pies
Peach Filling Ingredients:
- 3-1/2 cups chopped peaches
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 TB. cornstarch
- 1 TB. butter
- 1 TB. lemon juice
- 1/4 -1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- optional 1 tsp. peach schnapps
- In a large saucepan combine cornstarch with juice and blend well.
- Add rest of ingredients listed under the fruit filling to cornstarch mixture.
- Cook over medium heat till thickened and bubbly.
- Remove from heat if adding peach schnapps to peach filling stir in at this time
- Set aside to cool and pour into a bowl and chill 2 hours before making the pies.