Sunday, 13 July 2014

THE TRUTH IS A LEMON MERINGUE: Celebrating Children's Book Week with Heinz

It's Children's Book Week this week, which we're only too happy to celebrate in the Disgrace household.  Mr Disgrace and I love reading and, fortunately, Small Disgrace seems to have inherited our book addiction and is often to be found whizzing through his school reading books or begging for a story.  He's had a bedtime story since he was a baby, and we've been through all the classics from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, through Thomas the Tank Engine (oh, that phase seemed to go on forever. I would happily have dropped a bomb on Tidmouth Sheds by the time it was over) and everything that Julia Donaldson has ever written.  He turned 5 last month and is currently very into Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen and his most recent obsession; the Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton.



We gave him the first book for his birthday and ever since then, not a day goes past without him shouting "THE TRUTH IS A LEMON MERINGUE" at every opportunity.  I only hope his teacher has read the books too, or she's going to think he's a bit strange.

Now, Heinz and Tots100 teamed up to hold a competition for Children's Book Week.  You have to use a tin of Alphabetti Spaghetti to spell out your favourite childrens book quote and photograph it.  Small decided immediately that we would have to spell out 'the truth is a lemon meringue'.  And then he informed me very indignantly that he'd never tried lemon meringue pie, and what was I going to do about this?  This is very remiss of me, as lemon meringue pie was a Sunday pudding staple in my house in the early 80s, so we set out to rectify this immediately.  Aprons on and into the kitchen...


An hour and a half and a lot of stickiness later, we had a perfect lemon meringue pie (thank you very much, flying ants, for holding off while we were baking this masterpiece).  Rory tried a piece and announced that the truth definitely is a lemon meringue.  Just as I suspected.

Then it was time to get elbow deep in Alphabetti Spaghetti while we dug out the letters to make our quote.  Here's what we came up with - what do you think?



9 comments:

  1. I don't like meringue. But, has Small Disgrace tried The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, and Gobbolino the Witch's Cat?

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    1. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark = v big favourite.

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  2. Very cute idea, and multidimensional learning.

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  3. Such a fab idea! It's great that you made the pie with Small, also I think the picture itself is just ace!

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  4. That's awesome lateral thinking - hat's off to you & Small Disgrace!
    Gobbolino the Witch's Cat was my first absolutely favourite book and my boys loved The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark ( and the audio version with Maureen Lipman reading).

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  5. I recently began re-reading the Just William stories to my small nephew, and he is absolutely LOVING them (although my sister is perhaps less keen about his new ambition to be an outlaw when he grows us..) Charming, witty and very well written stories for children of all ages - I am so enjoying reliving when our Dad read them to us as little girls.

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  6. You could try The Spider's Palace by Richard Hughes, and in a year or two, the Joan Aiken books. All But a Few was my favourite

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    1. LOVE Joan Aiken, especially Arabel and Mortimer - can't wait for R to discover those in a couple of years (especially as he is basically Mortimer in human form).

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