What’s Buttermilk For? A Four-Year-Old Weighs In

“Mommy, how do you make buttermilk?” my four-year-old asked at dinner the other night.

I don’t have a smartphone, so I had to answer based on what I remembered from the Little House on the Prairie books. “Well, I think you make butter and then take the leftover liquid and maybe let it culture—er, spoil—a little and then you drink it, which your Nana likes to do, or you—”

I was going to go on to explain that you can also use buttermilk to make pancakes, but he interrupted with a literary reference of his own. “No, you don’t!” he yelled. “You don’t drink buttermilk! You put it on pigs!” Read More

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I like colorful tales with black beginnings and stormy middles and cloudless blue-sky endings. But any story will do,” says Ivan, the narrator of Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning novel.

In The One and Only Ivan, Applegate, with a light touch and an aching poignance, tells a tale of friendship reminiscent of E.B. White’s classic, Charlotte’s Web. Read More