Scrambled Eggs follows a father and son in their escapade to visit a chicken farm and learn about where eggs come from and how chickens live. Recipe for scrambled eggs included.
TITLE: Scrambled Eggs
AUTHOR: Trish Lobenfeld
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2014
RETAIL PRICE: $19.99 (Softcover), $3.99 (ebook)
ISBN NO: 978-1-4969-3628-8
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What inspired you to write Scrambled Eggs?
I was at a food writing conference and the idea came out of information from different discussion panels. I had never thought about writing for children before.
How long did it take you?
Several years. I took some children’s writing courses from the Institute of Children’s Literature to learn how to write fiction and dialogue.
Why write about eggs?
Eggs are a multipurpose food. They provide the highest source of protein of any food and contain various vitamins and minerals that are essential for the growth and health of the human body. The egg can be cooked so many ways using both moist and dry heat. The versatility of the egg creates airy cakes, crisp meringues, emulsified sauces, and acts as a binder in pates and terrines.
Who are the characters in the book?
The main character, Sebastian, is modeled after my friend Amy’s eight-year old son. He’s got lots of energy and is inquisitive. He also carries around a calculator that you’ll see in an illustration or two. My Aunt Lou owned a farm and my cousins still live there. I wanted to remember her and all the times I spent on the farm when I was a child. The dog, Ernie, is my cousin Linda’s pet. It made the story come to life for me to have these people in it.
How did you learn about the chickens?
My aunt did have chickens when I was young. I also spent time out at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY and observed the chickens’ behavior. I also researched various breeds, nesting habits, diet and mobile chicken coops.
Why include a recipe?
I want children to learn to read a recipe and to help in the kitchen. These are necessary life skills.
Do you have future plans for other children’s books?
Yes, I’d like to continue with the single subject theme. Current ideas are maple syrup with a pancake recipe or corn on the cob, which lends itself to many preparations. I think the possibilities are intriguing for future stories.