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Five years ago I started tentatively blogging about children’s literature, and what a treat this has turned out to be for me!
Besides the gluttonous amount of children’s literature I’ve devoured in that time, I’ve also learned a great deal from Other Bloggers Who Know More and even made some blogging acquaintances with people I wish I could meet for a cup of tea and a good chat. An unanticipated pleasure.
So, I’m happy to celebrate Orange Marmalade’s fifth birthday, and want to say Thank You to my patient husband who puts up with my book addiction and to all of you who visit and share the wealth that is kids’ lit.
Ginger is having a birthday party. She wants to invite all the girls in her class…except one.
Ginger is really a good kid. Not snooty. Not mean. It’s just that Lyla is so…odd. I mean, she brings “a tarantula in a pickle jar for Show-and-Tell.” Trots about with a magnifying glass. Not anything like the other girls.
Ginger’s mother, however, puts her foot down. ALL the girls, or NONE of the girls. So, it’s Lyla Browning, too.
A funny thing happens at the party, though. Ginger’s plans are unraveling; her friends are blistering along without much reference to her. Suddenly, the fact that Lyla Browning is not like the other girls is just what makes her the perfect, new friend.
Charming story, celebrating true friendship, individuality, and the curious appeal of speckled eggs. I love it. Jennifer Mann’s mixed media illustrations sparkle with personality, real life, and the glory of quirks. Ages 4 and up.
Look at that little roadie with his racy, red helmet and groovy spoke decor! Where is he headed?
Well, he’s not saying.
But rolling along merrily, he manages to collect scads of friends — and it is quite the eclectic group!
Toads, lizards, ants, yes. But also “an athletic pickle…lifting some weights,” a skateboarding bunny, a lithe green snake sporting a purple blouse. Up hill and down dale and soon there’s a l-o-n-g line of folks going who knows where!
Turns out — it’s Bug’s birthday party! And it’s a whangdiddly of a celebration! Everyone has a most jolly time, including our friend, the bug on a bike.
You will have a marvelous time, too, jogging along with the crew and arriving at these superb party grounds. Wow. Chris Monroe’s rollicking, rhythmic text skips right along, while her sunny, tiny, Crayola-bright illustrations charm readers ages 3 and up.
Plus — she’s from Duluth. That’s major Minnesota points.
Katie Morag and the Birthdays, written and illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick
published in 2005 by The Bodley Head
I dearly love Katie Morag, the red-headed, gumptious gal in her Wellies, careening around the Isle of Struay. It’s a pity that more of her stories haven’t mainstreamed on this side of the pond.
This birthday extravaganza volume tracks through one year of the McColl family’s loving chaos and all the birthdays celebrated along the way.
There are lots of folks to celebrate — Katie’s baby sister Flora Ann is turning One, while Neilly Beag is 70 years young. Grannie Island, Granma Mainland, Liam, all the Big Boy Cousins…even the sheep and the dog have birthdays to mark.
For Katie, every day that is not her birthday is a pinch of agony. “WHEN will it be MY birthday?” she moans. Not to worry — it’s a lovely one when her turn comes.
I love the out-of-doors wildness of life on Struay, and I adore the mussy household of the McColls, so similar to the realistic untidiness of Shirley Hughes’ families. The blustering strength, simple creativity, and genuine affection between all these characters makes for bracing, happy tales.
Besides all that, you get some Jolly Extras in this book including clever birthday cards and crafts to make, and the recipe for a jim-dandy castle cake with plenty of biscuits and chocolate! It’s a treat for ages 4 and up.
Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
published in 2013 by Beach Lane Books
This is a sweet little creampuff of a story, simply celebrating the birthday of quite a young bunny.
She’s turning three according to the candles on the cake, but…she doesn’t really know what birthdays are made of yet.
So she asks lots of questions, and learns all about party clothes, wishing on candles, saying cheese for the camera, and being surrounded by a loud, loving, happy group of well-wishers.
By that time, a drowsy bunny is ready to be tucked into bed.
Scanlon’s gently rhyming text is chock full of love and sweetness without being cloying. Graegin’s illustrations also pack in every ounce of charm possible with cute woodland animals, darling party clothes, happiness everywhere, in nursery pinks, blues, and honey-yellows. Try this for under-One to Three-Year-Olds who like Cute.
The Birthday Cake (The Adventures of Pettson and Findus), written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
published in Sweden in 1985; first published in the U.S. in 2015 by NorthSouth
Goofy Pettson is an old bachelor who lives in a fetching, Swedish-red cottage amongst green fields and meadows. Quite idyllic, I’d say.
His companion is a cat named Findus. Together, these two have many adventures well known to Swedish children, and this birthday fiasco is one of them.
It’s Findus who’s having the birthday. He has three each year because birthdays are such fun. And for every one of them, Pettson makes him a scrumptious cake out of Swedish pancakes and whipped cream. Yum!
The process of making the cake this time around is fraught with difficulty. Pettson discovers he needs more flour. But his bike tire is flat. So, he heads for the shed to fix the tire, but it’s locked up tight and the key is missing.
Each step of the way, things get more confoundedly messed up. Pettson is a determined fellow, though, and inventive, and persuasive when it comes to dragging Findus into the mix.
In the end, and encompassing a fishing rod, an angry bull, an opera singer, a yellow-and-red floral curtain and a truckload of moxie…Pettson and Findus finally sit down to their delicious, creamy, birthday cake.
There’s silliness galore in this winning story, with bright paintings of Pettson’s Swedish countryside adding immensely to the entertainment. It’s a longish story, just waiting to tickle the funny bones of kids ages 5 and up.
Plus — there’s a recipe for Pettson’s pancakes and directions to make them into your own delicious cake!
Thanks again for visiting Orange Marmalade!
Finishing off a delicious week with the classic pancake poem…
Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan;
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake —
Catch it if you can.
Hope to see you Monday. I’ve got five excellent titles for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Since we’re on a breakfast theme this week, I’ve got this vintage, full-of-pancakes, Newbery-Honor novel for you:
He had just rounded the corner when he heard big footsteps behind him and somebody calling, “Charles! Charles!” and it was Jerry Brick, and he put a box in Charles’s hands, and John O’Connor, who had caught up with them, laughed and said, “Pancakes! Jerry got two packages of them this morning from home. And he gave me one….I’ve been lugging it around all day!…And now we give it to you.”
Of course, he said all this in English, and Charles did not understand a word of it except that the box was for him…But Jerry Brick said slowly, “Pancakes…crrêppes…”
After they had gone, he leaned against the wall in the black street, propped up a knee, and opened his schoolbag and slipped the package into it, so that nobody could see it as he climbed the stairway of the house. As he walked slowly up the rickety stairs he kept thinking of all Louise and Rémi had said about BEFORE, and suddenly he remembered about the crêpes! But that was what the American had been trying to say when he had given him the box!…Could it be possible that the box he had given him could make crêpes? It sounded fantastic. But you never knew with Americans. There was always magic with them…Well, he would not talk to a soul about it. Not even to his mother. It would be a secret. And a surprise.
Charles Dumont is 10 years old, living in post-war Paris. That’s just barely old enough to remember what life was like BEFORE the war; to believe, even, the older children’s tales of warm homes and shoes, milk and eggs, and luxuries of bananas and oranges and cocoa which they claim were enjoyed by everyday persons!
Charles lives with his mother and little sister Zézette. His father died during the war. Life is acutely difficult. Food is meager. Charles bears far more responsibilities than any Social Services agency would stand for in our day.
One spring afternoon, Charles meets two American soldiers — Jerry and John — who need his help finding their way in his neighborhood. Charles refuses payment; his mother has taught him never to accept charity. Yet when they hand him a mysterious package, jabbering something in English, Charles is left the proud owner of…what?
Turns out it’s American pancake mix. Now Charles is hatching a grand plan to surprise his mother and sister with crêpes for Mardi Gras, just as all Parisians would have done BEFORE. Only, he can’t read the English directions. The measurements are unintelligible. He has no milk, and not even the tiniest bit of fat to grease the pan.
Charles’ determination is met, in the end, by a tremendous outpouring of generosity, love, and jovial friendship from Jerry and John, all adding up to a pancake feast to rival any of the BEFORES!
Claire Huchet Bishop won a Newbery Honor for this novel, written in 1947. As an American born and educated in France, Bishop uniquely conveys both a cherishing of Paris, a fondness and respect for the French people of this era, and an equal dose of American pride. This poignant story portrays the gnawing poverty experienced by so many living in post-war Europe, as well as their courage and strength; the matter-of-fact resolve of the children and their adaptation to austerity, alongside the spilling-over joy that comes from sharing with those in need and providing abundance in place of privation.
Numerous lithographs in brown-white-and-black by artist George Schreiber bring the children and Parisian architecture, G.I.’s and American Embassy workers to life. His robust line and lively figures remind me of James Daugherty, and he manages to capture Charles’ emotions and world beautifully.
At just over 60 pages, it’s a great read-aloud for ages 7 and up. There’s a bit of French tucked in, with place names and phrases, so although it’s short, it would need a stout independent reader. I think a dish of delectable crêpes are called for now, don’t you?!
A hearty breakfast on a cold, wintery morning…what could be better?! Crisp waffles with maple syrup…oatmeal decked out with cranberries and coconut… a cheery poached egg à la Francis! Oh my, I’m making myself hungry! Time to dive into five delicious books about the morning meal!
Pancakes for Breakfast, a wordless book by Tomie DePaola
In her snug red house, nestled in the snowy hills of New England, one little lady awakes in her pink nightcap, dreaming of pancakes! Tying her apron aroung her ample waist, she opens her cookery book and begins.
But, alas! No eggs.
Except, the milk jug is empty. Out she goes again to milk the cow. Then she’s got to churn the butter. Phew! Making pancakes is turning out to be a peck of trouble! Things go from slow to catastrophic when the cat and dog are left alone in the kitchen, but in the end, this plucky woman sits down to a giant stack of flapjacks. How does she manage it?!
Tomie DePaola’s signature style tells this charming, funny, surprising story, that’s been loved and in-print for almost 40 years. Not a single word in it; just dandy for preschoolers and up. You can even make the pancakes from the cookery book recipe!
Tousle-haired Molly is the first one awake in her household in New England. Alone in her sunny kitchen (well, her teddy bear is keeping her company!) she helps herself to breakfast — cereal and bananas.
Along an invisible line stretching from North to South, many other early-risers are eating quite different breakfasts in their interesting, diverse homes.
Thousands of miles north, in a tiny town on Baffin Bay, an Inuit woman makes griddle cakes, while in the tropical sun washing her Haitian home, another small girl munches peanut butter on bread, and farther south still, high in the thin air of the Andes, a little boy in a woolsy sweater breakfasts on roasted corn.
Dropping in oh-so-briefly on ten breakfasts strung along one time zone — what a lovely book this is! Kandoian’s gentle watercolors transport us to these beautiful places and people and cultures. Before we’re through, each breakfaster greets another member of her household in her own language — such a nice touch. A short note about time zones is included, aimed at early elementary readers. It’s a charming out-of-print book worth searching out for ages 3 -7.
Breakfast hoopla exuberantly dances through the pages of this book! No early-morning quietness about it! Maybe that’s because there’s nary a parent to be seen.
Just three kids and a dog, whipping up some pancakes for breakfast. Batter spraying, dribbling, splotting! Pancakes sailing, flipping, stacking! Orange juice and maple syrup dribbling! And a blueberry stuck right on the tip of the little one’s nose.
Jubilation and scrumptiousness, that’s what this breakfast is made of. Weston’s rhyming text bounces merrily along, and Gammell’s characteristic spritzing, singing, energetic line and color are a festive partner. A recipe for Grandma’s Pancakes is included so your kids can make their own mayhem! Delightful for ages 2 and up.
Mr. Poggle and Scamp are two cuddly dogs who live together in a thatch-roof cottage tucked into the cool, green woods. Darling as a plump cinnamon bun.
Mr. Poggle kindly lets Scamp help with the egg-cracking and the toasting, but oh dear. This does not go so well. Scamp’s spirits are dashed, but patient Mr. Poggle always sees a way to redeem the broken yolks and burned crumbs. At their cheery table, Scamp declares that “breakfast has a way of turning sunny side up no matter what.” How pleasant to help others feel that way after accidents and mistakes. I think we all want a Mr. Poggle in our lives, and to be Mr. Poggle for others, don’t we?
It’s a lovable little book, part of a series written in the 80s, which are out-of-print. Small size for small hands. Dear pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations of a diminutive, inviting, cheerful world. Ages 2 and up.
Do you know Daniel Pinkwater? If you do, you know you’d better be Ready For Anything each time you open one of his books! This wild and quirky story made me laugh out loud with its mad cram of Conviviality!
Mr. and Mrs. Submarine live companionably in a capacious, electric yellow and shocking pink house. It’s a rainy morning, so what else is there but to eat several breakfasts?
It’s during Breakfast #3 that the Submarines notice a bedraggled cat peering in the window. They invite him in for a hot corn muffin. Their large-and-shaggy dog is scratching at the door, too. In he comes, and scarfs his own muffin. But would you look at that, the horse is looking soaked and unhappy, too. Mr. Submarine whistles him in as Mrs. Submarine sets to mixing up more muffins.
Well, you will simply NOT BELIEVE who all joins the Submarines for corn muffins and tea on this rainy morning!! My oh my! It is more-than-a-houseful and even requires the Pinkwaters to include a tiny lexicon of German words so we can understand one remarkable visitor.
With eye-popping illustrations rendered in “magical markers” and bigger surprises at every page turn, this tale will tickle the imaginations and funny bones of kids ages 4 and up!