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ISBN13: 9780439644839
ISBN10: 0439644836
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Publisher Comments:

Caldecott Honor author Anne Isaacs and N.Y. TIMES bestselling artist Mark Teague transform Helen Bannerman's popular classic story into an Amercian tall tale set in the backwoods of New England.

When her family's wagon hits a bump, golden-haired Toby Littlewood is hurled into the sky and lands deep in the snowy forest. There she meets a prickly porcupine, an enormous bear, and a hungry cougar, among other fearsome creatures. Cleverly, she talks each one out of eating her by offering up her fancy clothes. In the end, in a competition to be the grandest beast, the vain animals chase each other around and around a maple tree, where they turn into maple syrup!

Isaacs' clever, rollicking text and Teague's animated animals in Toby's clothing are sure to delight the youngest reader.

Review:

"Teague's (Dear Mrs. LaRue) vibrant, cheekily heroic paintings and Isaacs's (Swamp Angel) fluid, folksy storytelling offer a twist to The Story of Little Black Sambo. Here the setting is a New England back when families rode horse-drawn wagons to town, and the star is a girl named Toby, all dressed up in new clothes worthy of a song ('I've got a sky-blue coat with purple lining/ A sun-yellow sweater with green leaves twining...'). But fate intervenes in an appropriately tall-tale manner. Teague depicts her being bucked off the wagon and sailing off the upper-right-hand corner of one spread, and airborne in the next ('past soaring eagles and feathery clouds'). Toby lands in the middle of the forest, threatened by five fearsome animals in turn ('Young, but ripe enough to eat!' chortles a bear. 'Crunchy fingers! Crunchy feet!'). Plucky Toby, like the original hero, strikes a series of deals: in exchange for not inflicting harm, each animal gets one piece of her new clothing. A wolf struts away with the coat, a bear buys the argument that her two mittens would look fabulous on its ears. Instead of butter, the envious animals chase each other round a maple tree until they melt into maple syrup — to douse the title meal ('the grandest feast, West or East!'). Whether or not children have encountered the original tale, they'll quickly become immersed in these evocative landscapes, and deem Toby a brave heroine. Ages 3-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This deliciously satisfying story by an award-winning author and artist is inspired by the 19th-century Helen Bannerman classic. Full color.

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lawsmith, October 24, 2009 (view all comments by lawsmith)
My nine year old son had this book read to him in class. He was shocked when he realized that he already knew this story, despite having never seen or heard of this particular book! How is this so? Well, this story is a North American version of a British story first published in October of 1899 by Helen Bannerman, entitled Little Black Sambo. Pancakes for Dinner follows the same story as Little Black Sambo with minor changes, and is of course more politically correct than the original story written in 1899.

So, I'm not sure how clever Anne Isaccs and Mark Teague are, but the illustrations are much more aesthetically pleasing than the original story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439644839
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Animals
Illustrator:
Teague, Mark
Author:
Isaacs, Anne
Author:
Teague, Mark
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Literature / Classics
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Humorous Retelling
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
03-05

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Product details 40 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439644839 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Teague's (Dear Mrs. LaRue) vibrant, cheekily heroic paintings and Isaacs's (Swamp Angel) fluid, folksy storytelling offer a twist to The Story of Little Black Sambo. Here the setting is a New England back when families rode horse-drawn wagons to town, and the star is a girl named Toby, all dressed up in new clothes worthy of a song ('I've got a sky-blue coat with purple lining/ A sun-yellow sweater with green leaves twining...'). But fate intervenes in an appropriately tall-tale manner. Teague depicts her being bucked off the wagon and sailing off the upper-right-hand corner of one spread, and airborne in the next ('past soaring eagles and feathery clouds'). Toby lands in the middle of the forest, threatened by five fearsome animals in turn ('Young, but ripe enough to eat!' chortles a bear. 'Crunchy fingers! Crunchy feet!'). Plucky Toby, like the original hero, strikes a series of deals: in exchange for not inflicting harm, each animal gets one piece of her new clothing. A wolf struts away with the coat, a bear buys the argument that her two mittens would look fabulous on its ears. Instead of butter, the envious animals chase each other round a maple tree until they melt into maple syrup — to douse the title meal ('the grandest feast, West or East!'). Whether or not children have encountered the original tale, they'll quickly become immersed in these evocative landscapes, and deem Toby a brave heroine. Ages 3-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This deliciously satisfying story by an award-winning author and artist is inspired by the 19th-century Helen Bannerman classic. Full color.

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