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2007 Award
Pancakes for Supper!
( by Anne Isaacs/illus. by Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score: ) Broadly based on the Little Black Sambo story, this has none of the usual baggage. Unlike recent retellings, it is not a conscious PC rendering. Here, the heroine falls out of her parents’ wagon and cleverly avoids being eaten alive by giving each of five wild animals a piece of her clothing that they believe makes them most attractive. When the five disagree on who is the best, they end up in a chase that turns them into maple syrup. You guessed it—young Toby and her parents use that sweet ending on their pancakes. A keeper. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Review Published:


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