Pancakes for Breakfast
Tomie DePaola ~ Harcourt Brace, 1978
Again, sorry for my absence yesterday but birthday party duties call. After all, you only turn four once. I've been super focused on the boy this week leading up to his birthday on Saturday, which means we are reading twice as many books as usual. I spent all morning Monday reorganizing his bookshelves and pulling all the titles in the back up to the front. He must have spent a good two hours lounged on his beanbag getting reacquainted with long lost friends. One of which happens to be about his favorite breakfast food..... PANCAKES. I love wordless books and Tomie DePaola and this is one of my faves...
So there's this old woman, see. One morning she wakes with a hankering for pancakes and as she begins the prep for making them, she discovers, ingredient by ingredient, that she is out of just about everything and must go in search of. The story is funny and super well-drawn and ends in a silly twist that gives my son the giggles. Tomie's drawings remind me of marzipan figures, meaning they are almost edible looking.
While I worked at The Jim Henson Company, my boss was his ex-publicist and she hooked him up to create what ended up being a very, very short lived and little seen show on the Hallmark Channel called Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola. The puppets were gorgeous and looked just like Tomie's characters, and it is a true shame it never saw more of the light of day. I couldn't find a video anywhere online, but the few shots on the Wiki show what I am talking about. Lovely, lovely.
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