New Year Publishing recently gave 6 Parent Reviewers the opportunity to review “Quickly, The Magic Spatula”.
“Quickly, The Magic Spatula” is about a charming and nostalgic story about a handy kitchen utensil, the spatula. “Quickly” and Mommy ( who then became”Grandma Darling”) makes the best pancakes in this house, with its green handle and shiny flat surface. When “Grandma Darling” passes away, “Quickly” is boxed away and kept in an attic. When the grown-up kids rediscover “Quickly”, a rush of memories come flooding back and they went on to recreate the magic themselves!
I’m sure everyone has a special memory of their childhood and mine is pretty much similar to this story, only that it was a measuring cup called “Tala” that reminded me of my mom baking her wonderful cakes. The very image of this measuring cup, takes me back to a time when my mom would teach me everything about baking. I especially liked the part where I’d lick her spatula quickly (behind her back, because salmonella was quite prominent then). Ahh, how precious these memories are.
About the authors
Quickly the Magic Spatula is written by Jeryl Abelmann & Miriam Kronish and illustrated by Chason Matthams.
Jeryl Abelmann is a retired elementary school teacher and recipient of Teacher of the Year for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in California. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Carmel Bach Festival. She loves the theater, loves to write, travels extensively, and is a member of Screen Actors Guild. She lives in Northern California with her husband and has two sons and three adorable grandchildren.
Miriam Kronish teaches at Lesley University and Cambridge College in Massachusetts. She is a retired principal from the Needham (MA) Public Schools. Her interests are music, math, brain compatible learning, accelerated learning, and multiple intelligences. She is the recipient of the National Distinguished Principal’s Award and is an honored Principal in the State of Massachusetts. She loves to write and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Needham. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.
Buy It! : Now, as a mom myself, I know creating these experiences for my kids will have a positive influence as they grow up. We have a ritual, whenever I start gardening, we all bring out our spades, forks and lil wheelbarrows out. I hope they too will remember these times, when they’ve all grown up into men. This book does inspire you to create memories for your kids to hold forever. It also has a section where your child can write down his/her favourite family story and even the mouth-watering yummy pancake recipe that Quickly whipped up!
“Quickly” has a rather quaint website too over here, so do check it out. You can submit your favourite family recipes there and “Quickly The Magic Spatula” has also won the Moonbeam Spirit Awards 2009 given for dedication to children’s literacy and inspired writing, illustrating and publishing.
Here are our panel of reviewers who had a chance to read it and what they have to say:
Moody Mama Says : This story is such a touching story. It brought tears to my eyes. It makes me want to spend more time with my children in the kitchen (and less time at this computer). I love that the story is real and true to life.
Connie’s View : Quickly: The Magic Spatula is a heartwarming book that reminds adults of stories from our childhood and how important the little things in our family really are. For children, this book helps create memories and start discussions about family, love and imagination.
Idaho Jill : I just really loved the nostalgia, simplicity, and illustrations in this book. The back of the book has pages to write down memories, and the authors want people to email them their special stories, too. Such a great idea, don’t you think? The book was completely believable, very heartwarming, and a must have children’s book.
5 Vinez Monkeys : My kids loved the book. And they have all decided not only to name the spatula in the kitchen drawer, (Flipper is the name of choice), but we now have an entire drawer full of named utensils. There’s Beater (the whisk), Smasher (the rolling pin), King Cut (the kitchen shears), and about a bazillion other names that the kids will remind me of every day from now on.
Loving Heart Mommy : I love that something as common as a spatula can spark childhood memories. How it takes me back to remembering something from my childhood that was truly magical in my eyes! This is a story for children of all ages, I enjoyed reading about Quickly and how he is brought to life, how memories were made and how the memories were continued to be preserved!
Thanks to New Year Publishing for giving us the opportunity to review them.
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