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The Cobble Street Cousins: In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen

The Cobble Street Cousins: In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Simon and Schuster, 2000   ISBN: 978-0689817083

Three cousins, Lilly, Rosie (Lilly's sister), and Tess, have come to live with their Aunt Lucy. Their parents are dancers who are going to be traveling around the world and living in hotels, and so it is decided that it would be much better for the girls if they came and stayed with Aunt Lucy until the their parents return. The cousins love staying with Aunt Lucy and soon come up with something fun to do over the summer; they will set up a cookie-making business.

In no time the three girls are busy creating cookies and making their first deliveries. The best part of the whole thing is that in the process they make some wonderful friends. One of these new friends is Michael, who recently came out of the hospital and who clearly has a 'thing' for Aunt Lucy. Of course this delights the girls, who love the idea of being in the middle of a romance. Then there is the sweet and very elderly Mrs. White, who celebrates her ninetieth birthday with the three girls.

With its simple story and Wendy Halperin's lovely and comforting illustrations, this little book is sure to please readers who are enjoying reading on their own. This is the first book in a series of six books about the Cobble Street Cousins.