Monday, June 6, 2011

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli - ESSENTIAL

Spinelli, Eileen The Dancing Pancake illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff 256 pg. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 

Language-G; Sexual Content-G; Violence-G. $12.99. 

Bindi's life seems to be a continuous roller coaster of change. Her mom and dad have separated, she and her mom are moving, her friends are all leaving for the summer, and her mom is opening a pancake shop called the Dancing Pancake. Despite having to go through some difficult changes, Bindi learns that sometimes it isn't all about you...sometimes you need to think about others. 

Besides the sweet message and tone of the book, the best thing about the book is that it is all written in verse and has a smattering of illustrations throughout. I found it 100% refreshing to read a novel in a different format. Loved loved loved. 

EL, MS-ESSENTIAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher. 

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