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In Aunt Lucy's kitchen
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998.
Physical Description:
53 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance, and trying to encourage a romance between their aunt and one of their former customers.
Reading Level:
Ages 7-10.

550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 1.0 25299.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 3 Quiz: 21930 Guided reading level: L.
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Welcome to Cobble Street! Meet Lily, Rosie, and Tess, the three heroines of a new series by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and acclaimed artist Wendy Anderson Halperin.Lily wants to be a poet.Tess wants to act on Broadway.And Rosie wants a little cottage with flowers by the door.But for right now, the three cousins are happy staying with their Aunt Lucy on Cobble Street. It's summer, school's out, and the cousins have a project -- a cookie company! They deliver fresh-baked cookies and meet a customer who has a crush on Aunt Lucy. But he's too shy to tell her. How will these two ever gettogether? It's up to the cousins to make romance bloom on Cobble Street!

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Three cousins live with their "wonderful" aunt in her marvelous old house in the Cobble Street Cousins series. Each cousin is identified by specific traits and ambitions, while their pretty, friendly aunt works at her flower shop. In the first book, In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen, Rosie, Lily, and Tess start their own cookie company, meet their colorful neighbors, and find a bashful boyfriend for Aunt Lucy. In A Little Shopping, the charming threesome surprise Aunt Lucy with a model of her shop, complete with "miniature teapots and tiny wheelbarrow and the sweetest little wicker chairs." Then, boyfriend Michael takes everyone out for ice cream. The delicate pencil-and-watercolor illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin fit the narrative perfectly and shine with interesting touches. Thinly plotted but filled with descriptive details, these stories are so "quaintly quaint" and cozy, they fairly squeak with cuteness, but they'll appeal to the intended audience, as this is pure young girl wish fulfillment. --Linda Perkins

Publisher's Weekly Review

Three creative cousins bring can-do spirit and goodhearted fun to this new chapter book series from Newbery Medalist Rylant. Nine-year-olds Lily, Rosie and Tess are bunking with their Aunt Lucy for a whole year while their parents‘ballet dancers all‘tour the world. They've made a cozy haven in Aunt Lucy's attic where they can each enjoy their favorite pursuits and dream up fun things to entertain themselves. Starting a cookie company is the first order of business in In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen, and the girls manage to play match-maker for Aunt Lucy and befriend a 90-year-old neighbor on her birthday while delivering batches of cinnamon crinkles. And in A Little Shopping the girls show their flair for arts and crafts when they whip up something special for Aunt Lucy. Rylant's confident and sweet-natured heroines are the kind of girls-next-door that anyone would want to know better. Her chipper tone and succinct, yet open-ended stories will encourage her target readership to come up with their own creative projects. Halperin's (Once Upon a Company) generous sprinkling of cozy, pale-hued pencil-and-watercolor illustrations throughout capture a warm family dynamic and provide energetic expressions for a friendly cast. Ages 7-10. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4‘Nine-year-old cousins Lily, Rosie, and Tess are roommates in their aunt's home while their parents tour with a ballet company for a year. In A Little Shopping, the girls build a dollhouse replica of their aunt's flower shop to surprise her. In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen tells how the cousins decide to form a cookie company and meet a number of people in the community during their brief business adventure. Subplots involve playing cupid between their aunt and a customer and putting on a theatrical show for newfound friends. These titles fill the gap between easy readers and beginning chapter books. Halperin's soft pencil drawings scattered throughout add detail and just the right touch of fun to the stories. Sweet and refreshing, these books beg for a plate of freshly baked cookies and a comfortable reading chair.‘Pam Hopper Webb, Sandpoint Community Christian School, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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