A kid who is passionate about reading is passionate about life.
A mistake that even book-phobic grown-ups make is that reading a book is a self-contained exercise. Avid readers know better. A good storybook is a glimpse into another world, but it is also an exploration of the world around us.
Human nature and all of human culture – love, hate, work, play, language, gestures – go under the microscope. A kid that reads is a kid that’s hungry to learn about the world and the people in it, even if that kid believes themselves to be a bookworm and a recluse.
So while it’s marvelous if your youngster has always got their head stuck in a book, you can use that passion to involve them in the joys and challenges of the real world if you can just tap into the colorful universes that they love to explore.
An infographic from Quid Corner promises to help you do so. Borrowing a drawing style unmistakably influenced by Quentin Blake (who illustrated Roald Dahl’s books), the pictures guide you and your little one through how to cook a series of dishes lifted from our most-loved kids’ books.
You can start with the simple things, like porridge. It’s tough to talk children into eating porridge, even though it’s a wonderful way to get them off to a warm, energetic start to the day. The famous gruel scene from Oliver Twist hardly makes it more enticing – except for the fact that the young orphan so desperately wants “some more” - and calling it ‘gruel’ is unlikely to help.
So here’s a colorfully-illustrated version to warm the belly and spring-load the imagination.
Porridge is kind of like stone soup – it’s what you add that makes it special. Using a half-and-half mixture of whole milk and water is a great start since it makes the porridge creamy without getting too heavy; using a quality mix of rolled and steel cut oats will dispel all talk of low-grade ‘gruel.’ Maple syrup will seduce your kid’s sweet tooth and his imagination; and a spoonful of Maldon salt will give the porridge that addictive flavor that makes sure everyone at the breakfast table reaches the bottom of their bowl.
Don’t forget to involve LO in shopping for the ingredients and throwing them together (following the recipe with utmost care, of course). You can try sharing the illustrations to their reading device or social media page beforehand to get them enthused.
Food tastes so much better when it comes with a story!