her blue-chalked hair, light-up sneakers and a twirling skirt, please welcome
back seven-year-old baker, Sadie Le, in her latest adventure, A Swirl of Sadie.
stories in one book, A Swirl of Sadie
follows Sadie, a determined yet kind character, who shows her love for friends,
family and community through baking.
In this latest book, Sadie creates a treat
for her school movie night, puppy treats for a puppy play date and desserts for
a family celebration.
But of course, everything doesn’t always go to plan and
Sadie must use creative problem-solving to make sure something scrumptious is
dished up. A Swirl of Sadie is the
third book in the series joining A
Sprinkle of Sadie and A Spoonful of
Lana Spasevski is a
wonderful author who has written books such as Max’s Dinosaur Feet and Upside Down Friday. In A Swirl of Sadie she has an especially engaging style of writing
for 6-9 year-olds. Spasevski’s ability to paint a picture with words, use of
vivid language and expressive sounds, allows readers to jump right in with
Sadie and imagine themselves swirling up mixtures, amongst wafts of baking
biscuits. Further, Spasevski’s inclusion of characters with Asian-Australian
heritage, helps to celebrate Australia’s wonderful cultural diversity.
Stone’s illustrations are inviting and engaging. Her black and white artwork
pops thanks to her use of pattern and ability to capture emotion. Sadie’s range
of emotions and her enthusiastic nature shine through the illustrations. Stone’s illustrations support the storyline helping readers to grasp
the meaning of the words.
A Swirl of Sadie will suit those
students looking for their own books to read, after mastering school readers.
For these newly independent readers, it can be tricky to bridge this gap, but A Swirl of Sadie fills this role
sweetly, with a happy medium of words and pictures. The typeset helps
engagement and helps readers to chunk the information into manageable bites.
This series is already a hit with my Year 1/2 students, in fact, one of my year
two students dressed up as Sadie for Book Week, cakes and all!
there’s one thing I love as much as books, it’s baking. A Swirl of Sadie combines both these loves. I had many
mouthwatering moments when Sadie described the treats she had created. For
instance, Sadie tears apart a rose-pink
muffin. The soft pink centre PUFFS out like a strawberry cloud. Yum, I want
one please! Luckily I can have one because the recipes have been included in
the book, which help keep the conversation going after the stories are
excuse me, I’m off to bake!
Title: A Swirl Of Sadie
Author: Lana Spasevski
Illustrator: Joanie Stone
Publisher: Affirm Press, $14.99
Publication Date: 28 March 2023
For ages: 6 – 9
Type: Junior Fiction