March 4 – National Pancake Day

Happy Pancake Day!

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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure written and illustrated by Matt Luckhurst (2012)

This is a new twist to an old American folktale. In this version Paul and Babe were born and raised in a very small town which produced fruits and vegetables. But Paul and Babe didn’t like fruits and vegetables, they liked pancakes. So one day they took off to find pancakes. Along the way they cleared the plains, ate the tops off the Rocky Mountains, dug the Grand Canyon, and ate and ate and ate. When they got older, Babe suddenly became very sick. The doctor recommended a better diet for both of them. So Paul and Babe returned home where his mother prepared all the best fruits and vegetables for them. Babe got better and they both stayed in the small town for the rest of their lives.

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The Great Pancake Escape written by Paul Many and illustrated by Scott Goto (2002)

There’s a note from the author at the end of the book which makes rereading it all the more fun. Every page spread can be read/sung to the tune of ‘Oh, Susanna’ with an added refrain printed in the author’s note. Now this funny story about runaway pancakes made by the children’s magician father becomes a sing along for pancake lovers of all ages.

 364062Pancakes, Pancakes! written and illustrated by Eric Carle (1970)

Originally published in 1970, it has been republished numerous times for each generation. This is the story of Jack, his want for a pancake, and his clever mother who guides Jack through every step of making a pancake beginning with gathering the wheat from the field. Once finished, Jack sits down to a most delicious, golden-brown, pancake.

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