Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons

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A young boy helps his beloved grandmother remember an important family story

Tosh loves listening to Grandma Honey tell family stories. His favorite is about the special tea cakes that smell like vanilla and sunshine. They were great-great-great-great-grandma Ida's specialty when she was a cook in the big house of a plantation. Unlike Tosh, the slave children weren't allowed to have any of the treats, though Grandma Ida always found a way to put the sugary sweetness into their hands anyway. It was a promise and taste of freedom to come.

Tosh knows this is an important story and he takes care to remember every word. And when grandma Honey begins to forget, he can return the gift of tea cakes and stories. A touching family tale, Tea Cakes for Tosh celebrates the important bond between grandchild and grandparent and the stories that make a family strong.

About Kelly Starling Lyons

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Kelly Starling Lyons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
Published December 6, 2012 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When, little by little, Honey’s memory gets stuck in odd places, Tosh decides to put his memory to work.

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Publishers Weekly

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Back in the present, however, Honey's memory is becoming spotty, and Tosh organizes a role reversal of sorts, baking tea cakes for Honey and telling her Ida's story.

Nov 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Tea Cakes for Tosh


"Tea Cakes for Tosh" is a picture book destined to become a classic.

Dec 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Tea Cakes for Tosh

Common Sense Media

But when she starts to get forgetful and even forgets the recipe, Tosh asks Mama to help him make the tea cakes and surprises Grandma Honey with not only the tea cakes but also the story, beginning, as usual, with, "Long ago, before you and I were born, our people were enslaved."

Dec 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Tea Cakes for Tosh

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