Mud Pies and Other Recipes

"Dolls dote on mud, when properly prepared." So begins Marjorie Winslow's wonderful "cookbook for dolls," which is as filled with droll treats for whimsical adults as it is replete with recipes—Mud Puddle Soup, Tossed Leaves, Rainspout Tea—for  young cooks happy to get their hands dirty. This small book is a wonderful work of imagination, the perfect stocking stuffer for any girl (or playful grownup) you may  know. Ages 5 to 9.

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