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Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack

Saturdays and Teacakes

by Lester Laminack

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Saturdays and Teacakes is a sweet story of a Grandson, who visits his Grandmother each story. The book depicts the young boy, who narrates the story as he travels on his bike to his Grandmother's house. He helps her in the garden and in the kitchen and she teaches him how to make cookies. This story is a simple depiction of a boy and his grandmother and the special day they spend together.The illustrations are detailed and have a calming effect with a cool color pallet and depictions of green fields and a cozy kitchen. After reading this book I am always get the urge to make cookies and call my Grandmother. ( )
  Smorri23 | Feb 9, 2016 |
This is a cute book about a young boy who reflects on the memory of going to his granny house to eat teacakes. ( )
  ktboyd | Nov 17, 2015 |
42 months - LOVE this type of story! Obviously based on a true life experience of a Saturday ritual of a little boy and his grandma. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
realistic fiction ( )
  tmr273 | Apr 14, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I liked the use of repetition. For example, the author repeats the phrase “Every Saturday” and “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal, past…” The repetition represents how important Saturdays are to the boy. The phrase “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal, past…” emphasizes that the boy uses this type of transportation to travel through town to get to his grandmother’s house. I also liked the how the illustrations are large, detailed, and colorful. Since this is a specific, personal event to the main character, the illustrations aid the reader with painting a picture in his or her mind. The author also implements imagery for example, “...she spread a cloth over the red countertop and scattered a fistful of flour across it, sending a cloud into the air.” The imagery adds other types of visualization to the story. The big idea of this story about appreciating family traditions. ( )
  ktran4 | Mar 9, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156145303X, Hardcover)

When I was nine or ten years old I couldn't wait for Saturdays. I got up early, dressed, and rolled my bicycle out of the garage.
So begins author Lester Laminack's poetic memory of the adult who made him feel incredibly special-his grandmother. Every Saturday, the narrator, a young boy, rides his bicycle up and down country roads past farms, a graveyard, and a filling station, until he reaches his beloved Mammaw's house. She is waiting for him. While she picks tomatoes, he pushes the lawnmower through the dew-wet grass. Afterwards, he always helps her make teacakes from scratch, breaking the eggs and stirring the batter. But the best part, he remembers, is eating the hot, sweet cakes fresh from the oven.
Children will understand the special relationship of the narrator and his grandmother. Set in a small town in the Leave It to Beaver days of the mid-sixties, the story evokes a gentler and more innocent time and place. Young readers will almost hear the sounds of bicycle wheels on gravel and the criiick-craaack-criiick of a metal glider in Laminack's richly detailed prose. Award-winning illustrator Chris Soentpiet's images beautifully capture the relationship and the place, perfectly depicting the simplicity of an earlier time.

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A young boy remembers the Saturdays when he was nine or ten and he would ride his bicycle to his Ma'am-maw's house, where they spent the day together mowing the lawn, picking vegetables, eating lunch, and making delicious, sweet teacakes.

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