"True stuff doesn't have to
be all solemn and serious and sedate," wrote Roz in her post
last week about humor in nonfiction picture books. If ever there was a biographical subject who
was NOT solemn and sedate, it was Julia Child, who would have turned 100 this
year. Serious is another matter, however.
|Fun in the kitchen|
|Flowers for Julia Child's |
80th birthday party,
complete with kitchen whisk.
|"And so Julia and Paul adopted Minette, a mischievous, energetic poussiequette with a lovely, speckled coat.|
Or, shall we say, Minette adopted Julia and Paul." Illustration © Amy Bates 2012.
After the kitchen shortcuts of the 1950's (casserole with canned cream of mushroom soup, anyone?), Julia Child was a breath of fresh air. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth in this era of fast food, it's important to share with kids the serious things Julia taught us about food, as well as the humor she brought to all her endeavors.
|Julia and Paul Child in the tub.|
Valentine's Day card, 1956.