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Friday, October 28, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (44)

     Here are a few books for the season.  I like to keep my revies short and sweet, not giving too much away with the story, but my recommendations are huge!

Fall Pumpkins
Orange and Plump
Fall Pumpkins: Orange and Plump (Cloverleaf Books: Fall's Here!)
Written by:  Martha E. H. Rustad
Illustrated by:  Amanda Enright

     This is a wonderful little book with colorful pages that carry a child through the story.  There are bulle notes in the form of a leaf added on the pages throughout the book.  There is a little bit of everything from planting pumpkins, a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and making Pumpkin Pie!  A great feature of this book are the illustrations on planting and caring for pumpkins.  

Franklin's Halloween


Written by:  Paulette Bourgeous
Illustrated by:  Brenda Clark

     Here is another tale involving Franklin.  Franklin and his friends are excited that Halloween is coming and they are making their plans.  They are getting ready for a party, painting and decorating, bobbing for apples and other games.  They are a little sppked when the visit a make believe haunted house that turns out to be fun, with a mystery to solve.  The illustrations are brightly colored and detailed.

A Full Moon Is Rising

Poems by:  Marilyn Singer
Pictures by:  Julia Cairns

     A Full Moon Is Rising is not really a Fall book, but the title fits so nicely.  This is a book with a collection of poems and unique illustrations.  Marilyn Singer invites young readers to come along on a whirlwind tour of the world, with celebrations, customs, beliefs, facts and natural phenomena.  Here is a chance to wonder at the magic of the full moon.

Trick or Treat

Written by:  Richie Tankersley Cusick

     Martha knew there was something evil about the house she was moving into. If was so cold...and creepy. And it wasn't just the house that was giving her a weird feeling. Martha was sure someone was following her... watching her every move.  Someone would be coming home this year with more than just a bag of treats, and was Martha!

Iced Pumpkin Cookies


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

2.In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

3.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

4.To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.
Don't Forget The Milk!


Tracy Jo said...

I love pumpkin anything...can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you and have a great weekend!

Joanna said...

Halloween is so NOT really celebrated here in France, so every year I am flabbergasted by the proportions it takes on in the US. I have just made a super spicy pumpkin soup (post the recipe on FB) but am definitely going to try your cookies. :)

Abby Fowers said...

FUN! I love Halloween books! Love them. I always end up ordering some from Scholastic for my kids. They are so fun to read. And the cookies sound delicious. I think I need to make them tonight! YUM!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Those are some fun Halloween books! And mmm. Pumpkin cookies. Drool.

Joanna said...

Maeve, I have just 'memed' you on my blog.

Patricia T. said...

Great book selections! And, I like the pumpkin cookie recipe. I love pumpking anything!

Maeve Frazier said...

Tracy Jo - Hope you enjoy. Hope you had a great weekend.

Joanna - I will check out the Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe. Yum!

Abby - I love Halloween Books, too. Although Christmas stories are my favorite.

Joanna- Thank you. I'll be by to check it out.

Patriica- I love anything made with pumpkin, too!

Happy Halloween Everyone!