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Saturdays and Teacakes
Contributor(s): Laminack, Lester L. (Author), Soentpiet, Chris (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 156145303X     ISBN-13: 9781561453030
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2004

Annotation: 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 grave-yard, and a filling station, until he reaches his beloved Mammaw's house. She is waiting for him. No one else, just him. While she picks tomatoes, he pushes the lawnmower through the dew-we 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 cookies fresh from the oven. Children will understand the special love between the boy and his grandmother. Set in a small own 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 crunch of bicycle wheels on gravel and the "criiick-craaack-criick 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.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Multigenerational
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2003019139
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Lexile Measure: 630 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Guided Reading: P (Grade 3)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 10.7" W x 10.6" (1.05 lbs) 32 pages
- Chronological Period - 1960's
- Demographic Orientation - Small Town
- Topical - Family
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Georgia Children's Book Award, Nominee, Picture Storybook, 2006
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award, Nominee, Picture Book, 2006
Volunteer State Book Awards, Nominee, Grades K-3, 2006
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 02/15/2004 pg. 181
Publishers Weekly 02/23/2004 pg. 75
School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 118
Booklist 04/01/2004 pg. 1369
Booksense '76 Childrens Sum 04 06/01/2004 pg. 1
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2004 pg. 348 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2004 pg. 348 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 75463
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Soentpiet, Chris: - Chris Soentpiet graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in New York City, where he majored in fine arts and minored in education. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including Saturdays and Teacakes; More Than Anything, which was an IRA Notable Book and an ALA Notable Book; Jin Woo; and Silver Packages. A native of Korea, he lives in New York.Laminack, Lester L.: - Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children's literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.
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