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Volume VI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2000
On Monday Bing opened a cooking school. Everyone came to learn how to cook and bake.The author and illustrator of Bing and Chutney has produced other successful picture books, including Toilet Tales and Would You Love Me? This is an imaginative little story about two friends - Bing, a pig, and Chutney, an elephant. They lived happily together until Chutney decided she wanted to be a famous dancer. Bing said goodbye sadly, but, since she, herself, loved to cook, she opened a cooking school to teach her friends to cook also. Both Bing and Chutney did well at their new careers, but they missed each other. Soon Chutney came back for a reunion, and all was happiness as their friends gathered for a party.
Little children will love this book. The pastel coloured illustrations are humorous, with little details that delight young listeners or readers, details such as bubbles overflowing a bathtub, Chutney's ballet slippers, Bing's huge cake pushing open the oven door, the joyous reunion of the two friends and their animal guests.
Joan Payzant is a former teacher-librarian in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
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