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Children's LiteratureTina and Tony are helping their uncle Danny. He owns a diner and two of his helpers cannot come to work on this Saturday. The kids start early and aside from feeling a bit sleepy they think it is going to be an easy day. This is a real-eye-opener for those who may have no idea what goes on in a restaurant. The kids have to use math to set the tables, arrange the bagels and donuts and figure out what to provide the shot order cook so that he can correctly make up each order. It gets a bit more challenging when a school bus drives up and all the seats in the diner are filled. Tina uses her head not only for math but to convince the hungry baseball team that they all want blueberry pancakes—the easiest and quickest meal that the cook can prepare. It is an exhausting morning and the kids collapse in a booth after the last breakfast customer eaves, but are not too tired for their reward—a big stack of delicious blueberry pancakes. The math lessons are a part of the text and parents and teachers can use the book for extended lessons. A Station Stop 3 book in the "All Aboard Reading" series. 2003, Grossett & Dunlop, Ages 6 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot