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Tea Cakes for Tosh

A young boy helps his beloved grandmother remember an important family story

Tosh loves listening to Grandma Honey tell family stories. His favorite is about the special tea cakes that smell like vanilla and sunshine. They were great-great-great-great-grandma Ida’s specialty when she was a cook in the big house of a plantation. Unlike Tosh, the slave children weren’t allowed to have any of the treats, though Grandma Ida always found a way to put the sugary sweetness into their hands anyway. It was a promise and taste of freedom to come.

Tosh knows this is an important story and he takes care to remember every word. And when grandma Honey begins to forget, he can return the gift of tea cakes and stories. A touching family tale, Tea Cakes for Tosh celebrates the important bond between grandchild and grandparent and the stories that make a family strong.

Meet-the-author of Tea Cakes for Tosh (audio clip of me talking about the book.) Thank you to TeachingBooks.net for creating it.

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Tea Cakes for Tosh

Tea Cakes for Tosh resources from Reading is Fundamental

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Tea Cakes for Tosh is a touching picture book written by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

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