Pancakes, Pancakes! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Join Jack as he starts from scratch to help make his very own breakfast pancake!

By cutting and grinding the wheat for flour, Jack starts from scratch to help make his breakfast pancake.

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Overview

Join Jack as he starts from scratch to help make his very own breakfast pancake!

By cutting and grinding the wheat for flour, Jack starts from scratch to help make his breakfast pancake.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As portrayed in Carle's familiar, colorful collages, cornflakes just won't do for a determined lad who goes to great lengths to procure his favorite breakfast. Ages 3-7. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly
Sturdy board book editions introduce concepts and favorite characters to youngest booklovers. The board book edition of Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle tells youngsters how Jack goes about getting the ingredients for the titular meal, and all the steps along the way. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The smiling pancake in the frying pan on the cover of this picture book is the end, not the beginning, of this wonderful story. With bright collage illustrations, Carle tells the story of young Jack who woke up and asked his mother for pancakes. She was certainly willing, but told Jack that she needed his help. From this point, kids learn what it takes to get the ingredients to make something as simple as a pancake. First the wheat is harvested, threshed, and taken to the miller to produce flour. Then Jack must collect eggs from the henhouse and milk from the cow. Next, his mother tells Jack that they need some butter so he is set to work at the churn turning the cream into butter. Finally, a fire is built, jam is procured from the storage shelves and then the ingredients as well as all the implements are ready to make a pancake. Jack's mother is a pro, she even flips the pancake high in the air to get it brown on both sides. Finally, Jack gets his delicious golden-brown pancake with strawberry jam on top. This is part of the "Stories to Go!" series. 2005 (orig. 1990), Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613504843
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle well-known creator of many beloved picture books for small readers and listeners, including such classics as Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, The Tiny Seed, Rooster's Off to See the World, A House for Hermit Crab, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He is especially celebrated for his unique ability to combine learning with pleasure. Children delight in the distinctive beauty of his illustrations — richly layered collages in glowing colors — and they love his entertaining stories, which invite them to make their own discoveries in a natural, joyful way.

Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle received much of his education in Germany. He is a graduate of the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, where he learned about Goethe's color theory and complementary colors. But the chief inspiration for Hello, Red Fox came from his talks with young readers themselves, who were surprised and fascinated when he demonstrated for them — just like in this book — that all colors have opposites.

Eric Carle has two grown children. He and his wife live in western Massachusetts.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Another Good Eric Carle book

    I purchased for my nephew (named Jack)...He enjoyed the story and loves pancakes.

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