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Shows what kids eat for breakfast in 12 different countries. Each spread includes a map of the country and highlights local food, fruits, vegetables and shows how the kids and grown-ups dress, where they eat breakfast (e.g., at a table or on a rug on the floor), and the country's typical buildings and famous landmarks.
Implies that what people eat for breakfast can be influenced by climate, culture, what grows in a given country. "From pancakes to parathas, / from Vegemite to toast, / wake up, world, it's time to eat / the meal we love the most!"
Positive Role Models
Pictures diverse happy families eating together.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World, by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki, shows happy families in 12 countries eating breakfast together. Each colorful spread offers a small rhyming verse on the left-hand page about the things people might eat on a given day. Then on the right side, there's a paragraph that gives a more extensive explanation of one or more of those options, like Ci fan tuan (a ball of sticky rice with pork and vegetables inside) in China or Vegemite (a salty paste for toast) in Australia. It's a fun world tour that gets kids thinking about the fact that while people in foreign countries may eat, live, look, or dress differently, everybody, just like them, eats breakfast!
Is It Any Good?
This breakfast-table tour of 12 countries is a charming, colorful exploration of how people around the world live and eat, subtly showing how they're like you and different from you. Even though they may eat things you'd never eat for breakfast, or might eat their meal sitting on the floor and with their hands or with chopsticks instead of a knife and fork, they wake up and eat breakfast with their family just like you do.
There's a lot to look at and talk about on each spread in Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World -- not only food dishes, fruits, and vegetables but also maps of the countries and typical buildings and famous landmarks -- making this book great for read-aloud or independent reading.
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