Last Sunday, while I was in Western Massachusetts cheering for Georgia's soccer team, Gordy was at home, helping Josie create the above masterpiece.
It's Second Grade Halloween Storybook Hat Time, people! Get excited!
Long-time readers of my blog will remember two years ago, when Georgia was in second grade and she made a hat based on the childhood classic, Madeleine (new readers can CLICK HERE)
Josie chose the perhaps-not-particularly-classic Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco:
It is the story of a frightened little girl who learns that she is really quite brave.... by making a cake with her grandmother instead of worrying about a fierce summer storm that is about to arrive. It is a sweet story, although a little suspect. Call me a cynic, but how could you possibly gather ingredients from all over a large farm, mix, bake, cool, frost AND decorate a cake in the time it takes a prairie storm to travel seven miles. I'm just saying.
I'd also like to know what on earth a chocolate cake that includes an over-ripe tomato tastes like.
But back to Josie and her hat:
Josie made her hat look like the cake - with the brim being the plate. It was a chocolate cake, so Josie colored the top brown and decorated the sides with characters from the story. She included the little girl, the cat...
Nellie Peck Hen, a goat...
The Kick-cow, the grandmother and those are strawberries on the top.
Josie will bring her hat into school on Halloween along with three written clues.
Hopefully, she'll stump them all!