Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publication Date: January 2013
I love to read books where I learn something. Cake is full of knowledge and Joyce Magnin an excellent teacher.
Wilma Sue is an unwanted child, an orphan. At least that’s how she sees herself. When she comes to live with Naomi and Ruth, she isn’t too sure about the big gray house or the “spinster sisters” as folks in the neighborhood like to call them. Ruth and Naomi are a lot nicer than the Crums, the last family Wilma Sue lived with, but having lived in Africa as missionaries, they sure have some funny ways of doing things.
At first, Wilma Sue believes she’s been brought to the Gray house, as she likes to call it, to be a caretaker for the chickens Ruth and Naomi keep out back. Wilma Sue likes birds. She even wishes she had hollow bones like they do so she can fly away whenever she wants. But what does she know about caring for chickens?
Life gets really interesting when Wilma Sue helps Naomi bake cakes for folks in the neighborhood. Strange things start to happen. One lady’s chair lifts right off the floor after she eats her cake and an opera singer with stage fright seems to find her courage after a slice of Naomi’s pineapple upside-down cake.
Similar to the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories, Cake teaches us that sometimes a little added love is just the recipe for helping others. I enjoyed seeing the world through Wilma Sue’s eyes. A child who is, understandably, uncertain about her world sees that forgiveness, kindness and love can heal wounds, mend friendships and build relationships.
Rated G: The book is appropriate for all ages.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!