Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller - OPTIONAL

Miller, Pat  The Hole Story of the Doughnut Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.  $17.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G. 

Hanson Gregory works on a ship, and when he advances from cabin boy to assistant cook he makes fried cakes to serve the shipmates for breakfast.  Because his fried cakes had raw centers, they would give the men stomachaches, so the shipmates called them Sinkers.  Hanson Gregory decided to put a hole in the fried cakes to see if he could cut out the raw part and make them taste better.  That is how he came up with the doughnut. 

This book tells the story of the doughnut, but it also tells of Hanson Gregory and his life at sea.  The story includes myths and legends about Hanson Gregory and how he invented the doughnut.  It also has an author’s note and picture of the real Hanson Gregory.  The illustrations are fun because the page that has the story on it where the doughnut was cut out and the illustrations is circular like a doughnut.  Sometimes the story seems to jump around from when he was little to the doughnut story and then to the legends.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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