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Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack

Saturdays and Teacakes

by Lester Laminack

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  BRCSBooks | Sep 1, 2013 |
Wonderful story of a young boys relationship to his grandma.
  JudesThree | Feb 21, 2013 |
This book is about a boy that bikes to his grandma every Saturday. The grandma always waits for him in a old chair with some tea. The boy has to help and then they make teacakes. When the teacakes get done they eat it with tea and then the boy brings it home. When the sun is lowing down the grandma makes a tomato sandwich that the boy harvested. That is the bye bye present and then she waits him again on next Saturday. ( )
  danifuz | May 2, 2011 |
Saturdays and Teacakes is a story about the author's experience as a young boy. Every Saturday he rides his bike through town to go to his grandmothers. Lester Laminack celebrates the significance and value of the "small things" in life as he and his grandmother enjoy the Saturday rituals - mowing the grass, tomato sandwiches, drink ice tea, make teacakes. Not only is this book a touching story that shows the powerful relationship between grandmother and grandson, Lester Laminack strategically uses writer's craft. This book is a valuable tool for classroom teachers to use in demonstrating personal narratives, memoir, and intentional use of a variety of writer's crafts.
  profjanet | Jan 3, 2011 |
This book is fabulous for teaching author's craft. Lester is intentional about the craft he uses and does it so well in this book. ( )
  profjanet | Dec 15, 2010 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:45 -0400)

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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