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Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus

What's this story about?

It seems everyone in Andrew’s block has been so busy during the day, they’ve forgotten to buy anything for dinner. Their fridges are empty …almost.
With only three carrots to eat, Andrew decides to go upstairs to ask his neighbour Nabil if he’s got anything in his fridge. Nabil’s not doing much better: he only has two eggs and small piece of cheese. Together, they decide to try the family on the second floor.
As they ascend each floor of their block of flats, they gather more ingredients from more neighbours until they reach the top floor and everyone finally has enough for a meal. But what to cook?
Empty Fridge is a picture book that taps into strong themes in our lives: the love of food and cooking, sharing, and the importance of good friends and neighbours.

Empty Fridge is an inspiring and thought-provoking entertainment for the Junior Masterchef generation.
Questions and possible activities...
  • Who are your neighbours?

    Can cooking together is a way of being creative to break down social barriers? Why not invite your neighbours over for dinner, a piece of cake, a game of football or your favourite board game?

  • Leave them a note just to say hi and introduce yourself? Bake some cakes or a loaf of bread and take some to share over a cup of tea?

  • Organise a street party or event as part of Social Inclusion week (19 - 27th November 2012)?
  • Create a map of your building or street and find out who your neighbours are. What are their favourite foods, their hobbies, their dreams?
  • Why do you think this book supports social peace?


Droughts And Squalls - review of Empty Fridge in The Wall Street Journal

"Three tales for young readers of scarcity and endurance. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Melanie Crowder's "Parched," Jennifer E. Smith and Brett Helquist's "The Storm Makers" and Gaetan Doremus's "Empty Fridge.

Why not make a quiche at home to share with family, friends and neighbours?"

Watch a video of Emma Baker from the State Library of Victoria reading Empty Fridge at Story Time; offering manly inspirational ideas of how to be creative with the book...
  • Making book props and cook the recipe with the characters as you go through the story...
  • Research food related songs, facts, stories... (the vegemite song)

Teachers' Notes for Empty Fridge

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