Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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!
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What's the Story?
PANCAKES TO PARATHAS: BREAKFAST AROUND THE WORLD shows what kids eat for breakfast in 12 countries: Australia, Japan, China, India, Israel, Nigeria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, and the United States. Each spread is about one country and notes the general options in a brief rhyming verse and also does a deeper dive into one or more of the offerings, like rashers and bangers (bacon slices and sausages) in the U.K. and prathas (fried, round flatbread) in India.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about all the foods described in Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World. Which ones had you heard of before? Which ones have you eaten? Which ones would you like to try?
Which country looks most interesting to you? Which ones would you like to visit?
What do you eat for breakfast? Would you like to mix in some foods from foreign countries sometimes? What would you add to the regular stuff you eat?
- Author: Alice B. McGinty
- Illustrator: Tomoko Suzuki
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Brothers and Sisters, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Little Bee
- Publication date: February 5, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: June 1, 2022
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