The weather has become very wintry here in Canberra all of a sudden. The upside is that it's perfect weather for staying inside and reading together. This week we read A Hot Cup of Chocolate by Rose Stanley and illustrated by Lisa Allen.
Johan has a happy home with his Mum, Dad and little sister and he loves sharing a cup of hot chocolate with his family. Johan thinks that a cup of hot chocolate can solve just about any problem (and rightfully so).
Creamy, milky chocolate... yum!Hot chocolate is perfect for warming you up after school on a wet day, or to sip on from a thermos on a frosty morning at Rugby or even to encourage little sisters out of their painful moods.
Was there anything better in the whole, wide world?
Whenever Johan's friend, Henry came over to visit, Johan would make him a hot chocolate. Henry doesn't seem to be in a good mood lately and has been quite angry at school. Henry had a lot going on in his family life with the separation of his parents. Johan tries to be as supportive as he can for his friend, and often that means making Henry a hot cup of chocolate.
A Hot Cup of Chocolate is a lovely story that sensitively deals with the challenging theme of family separation. This picture book would be ideal for a child who has a friend experiencing a family separation, as it helps them understand a little of difficulties their friend may be having. It also beautifully encourages them to be supportive and understanding of their friend during the good days and bad and sometimes, all they need is a cup of hot chocolate. As this is quite a lengthy picture book I would recommend it for older children ages 6 and up.
Lisa Allen's illustrations are delightful and beautifully compliment the story. I love the little swirls of steam coming off the cups of hot chocolate.
Title: A Hot Cup of Chocolate
Author: Rose Stanley
Illustrator: Lisa Allen
Publisher: Starfish Bay Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
With the cold wintry weather, we have started enjoying a delicious cup of hot chocolate in the afternoon after school and on a Friday we might even have a marshmallow or two! We sit together, drinking our hot chocolates and chatting about the day's adventures. Just perfect!
There's nothing fancy about our hot chocolates, just warm milk and drinking chocolate, they are utterly delicious.
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