Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Elisabeth Weinberg, Matt Stein
Illustrator: Paige Keiser
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Determined to prepare her grandmother's favorite meal during an upcoming visit, a young girl fearlessly reigns in the kitchen. Partway through preparations, she tries to decide on a secret ingredient. The young chef selects a spice, adds it, and then serves up her dinner to the family. It is a success! Everyone loves her dish, especially her grandmother. At the end of the meal, the grandmother asks her granddaughter what the secret ingredient was, and the little chef bravely reminds her grandmother that a good chef never reveals her secrets.
Little Chef provides strong motivation and encouragement for any children interested in cooking. The young girl enters the kitchen with confidence, falters when she's met with the unknown, and overcomes her dilemma on her own. This teaches readers that not only can they try and succeed at new things, but they too can solve their own problems. With recipes included in the back, elementary-aged children can find the determination to follow the Little Chef's brave lead and create in the kitchen.