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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Abby Dreams Of Food by Beatriz Fábrega, we are introduced to a young girl whose first thought upon waking up is what she’s going to eat that day. Immediately her mind goes to yummy sweet treats. Abby’s mother is a chef and she loves to watch her at work. Her mom tells her that people who like to eat yummy food must learn how to cook good food. They decide on making turkey meatballs with sauce. Abby tries and tries but her meatballs don’t turn out right at all. Her mom tells her that she needs to practice and that it takes work to make them perfect. Later on that day Abby wants a snack so she goes to her mom and asks if she could help her make a treat. Mom makes banana boats and soda floats. Abby’s don’t turn out right, but once again her mom tells her that practice makes perfect. At lunch, her mom makes tomato soup and corn fritters, and once again Abby is allowed to help. For a third time, she struggled and didn’t succeed, but still her mom's words about learning to cook remain in her mind. When dinner comes around, Abby once again helps her mom to make her favorite dish which is chicken cassava pie. This time her dish turns out yummy, making Abby a very happy girl.
Abby Dreams Of Food is a fun and adorable read. As someone who loves food probably as much as the main character, I remember the days when I struggled with learning how to cook. Abby is a bit more fortunate though in having a mother who is a chef and encourages her to keep trying until she succeeds. I also love how the book constantly reminds the young reader to wash their hands before working with food because that is very important when handling food. It will come in handy for the young reader to know as they grow older and eventually get jobs, possibly in foodservice where handwashing is extremely important. I also liked how Beatriz Fábrega added the recipes mentioned in the story in the back of the book for others to make. The illustrations also are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. I think Beatriz Fábrega has done a wonderful job with this story and I can’t wait to read more of her work.