Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: Tessa Beth & Co and the Sugarplum Recipes

The Sugarplum Recipes Series
By Wendy Powell Salter
Chapter Book & Kid's Cookie Recipe Book Combo
Age Level: 6-10
Grade Level: 1-5

Book 2: Tessa Beth & Co and the Sugarplum Recipes

Eight-year-old Tessa Beth Sugarplum is famous in her hometown for creating one-of-a-kind cookie recipes. Tessa Beth and the Cookie Ministry Kids bake batches of zany Sugarplum cookies, tuck them into bags or boxes with Bible verses and deliver them to people in need of a little cheer. As Tessa Beth navigates life in a small town—from pancakes and pj parties, rabbit princesses on the edge of the farm and rescued puppies—she has her friends to make life adventurous and her baking to show kindness to others as well as for the simple goodness of a sweet treat. Add a cup of wholesomeness, a sprinkle of whimsy and a scoop of faith and you get TESSA BETH & THE SUGARPLUM RECIPES—a unique flavor that tastes sweet like Little House on the Prairie and zesty like Pinkalicious. The simple yet quirky sugar cookie recipes that follow each chapter, such as Rabbit Princess and Bow-Tie Boy Cookies, will appeal to both boys and girls.

My Review

One of my favorite things to do is read a book with my son at bedtime. I am always looking for stories to add to our collection. We have two pet bunnies and do a little urban homesteading, so this book tugged at our heart strings.

Tessa Beth & Co and the Sugarplum Recipes contains very sweet stories about a young girl named Tessa. Each story is fun and also contains a positive lesson for children. At the end of the story, Tessa shares a recipe from her Cookie Ministry kids group. I love that you can read a story to your child(ren) and then bake a treat together that pertains to the adventure you just read about it. 

I am excited about the upcoming books in this series!

About the Author 

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Wendy Powell Salter is a licensed professional counselor and a school counselor with ten years experience in public schools. She married her high school sweetheart and they have a daughter. Wendy is from a long line of farmers and she and her family live on a farm that has been in her family for six generations. They tend a garden and raise rabbits and silkie bantam chickens.

Wendy has been a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2012. Wendy has had the opportunity to do intensives with Matt de La Pena, Nikki Grimes and Donna Jo Napoli. In addition, she served as an assistant for author Nancy Raines Day at the SCBWI Springmingle in March 2014. In December 2014, she competed in the St. Augustine Cookie Exchange using the Sugarplum recipes as the basis for her Flamingo's First Christmas cookies. Author of Flamingo's First Christmas, Nancy Raines Day, featured an article about Wendy's cookies on her website at

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1 comment:

W Salter said...

I am glad you enjoyed it, Sage.

~ Wendy Salter