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Pancakes for Breakfast [NOOK Book]

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This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast.   “The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humor of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young.” —School Library Journal

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Stories).
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Overview

This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast.   “The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humor of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young.” —School Library Journal

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Stories).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547543338
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/3/1978
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 223,313
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 20, 2010

      My Favorite Book as a Child

      This was by far my favorite book when I was a child. It wasn't until I was a bit older that I realized there were no words and that each time my parents read it to me the story was maybe a little bit different. Now that I am a bit older I now buy this book for friends and family who are having children.

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    • Posted March 29, 2010

      This has become one of our family favorites ... no words and wonderful illustrations lend itself to lots of interpretation and fun. It's a wonderful, funny story about a woman trying to make homemade pancakes ... from scratch and all that goes wrong

      in this day and age, it's great to see a story about making pancakes that involves going to the barn for milk and eggs, a neighbor for maple syrup, and all the fun and mischief that happens along the way ... so much fun to read and re-read. a favorite of my daughter from the age of 2 (and still now at 4). love it!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 11, 2002

      We Love It!

      Every time we go to the library, my 2 year old manages to pick this one out from the millions of books there, and we always bring it home, she loves it, and she only gets to bring 2 books home every time. I'm going to finally buy it for her for a surprise. She'll sit on her bed and 'read' this picture book over and over and she'll haul it around the house. We love it!

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