Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli

5 stars
Beehive nominee

**Happy Leap Day!!**

This adorable book, told in verse, is delightful but not nearly as lighthearted as one would assume from the cover.  And the title.


Because right off the bat, we know something's wrong.  (At least, an adult reader does.)

In her very first poem, Bindi mentions her father leaving to "look for work".

Eventually Bindi learns that it's not just work, he might not be coming back at all.

As she struggles to come to terms with everything, this spunky 11-year-old is not at all happy to learn they'll be moving... and her mother and aunt are opening a restaurant.

Really a great read, but probably a little old for Boo.  We'll wait a couple of years.

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