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Saturdays and Teacakes

Saturdays and Teacakes

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Saturdays and Teacakes

ratings:
4/5 (36 ratings)
Length:
20 pages
6 minutes
Released:
May 15, 2020
ISBN:
9781682632567
Format:
Book

Description

A lyrical picture book memoir of one boy and his beloved grandmother. From award-winning author Lester Laminack.

Every Saturday, a young boy rides his bicycle up and down country roads, past farms and a filling station, until he reaches his beloved Mammaw’s house. She is waiting for him. There, the young boy helps her. She picks tomatoes and he pushes the lawnmower through the dew-wet grass. But the best part of the day is helping his Mammaw make teacakes from scratch and eating the hot, sweet cakes fresh from the oven.

Lester Laminack’s richly detailed prose perfectly portrays the special relationship of a young boy and his grandmother. Award-winning illustrator Chris Soentpiet’s detailed watercolor images beautifully capture the era.

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Released:
May 15, 2020
ISBN:
9781682632567
Format:
Book

About the author

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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  • (4/5)
    I liked this book because of the characters, and descriptive language. In this book the characters described are easy to relate with personally. I myself have had such fond memories of time spent with grandparents, as well as great-grandparents. Throughout the book you are able to connect with the little boy and his journey to see his grandmother. In addition to this characteristic of the book, I enjoyed the use of descriptive language. This allows the reader to close their eyes and visualize the kitchen being in disarray from baking the teacakes. Another scene that was vividly depicted was the boys routine of getting to his grandmothers house. The reader can visualize again the many details that are associated with this loving memory. The message I received form this book is that time spent with family is memorable and valued. Nothing hits closer to the heart than being able to share special moments with loved ones.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I liked the use of repetition. For example, the author repeats the phrase “Every Saturday” and “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal, past…” The repetition represents how important Saturdays are to the boy. The phrase “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal, past…” emphasizes that the boy uses this type of transportation to travel through town to get to his grandmother’s house. I also liked the how the illustrations are large, detailed, and colorful. Since this is a specific, personal event to the main character, the illustrations aid the reader with painting a picture in his or her mind. The author also implements imagery for example, “...she spread a cloth over the red countertop and scattered a fistful of flour across it, sending a cloud into the air.” The imagery adds other types of visualization to the story. The big idea of this story about appreciating family traditions.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (3/5)
    Genre: Non-fiction This is as great example of non-fiction because it is a true story about a little boy who would bike over to his Gradma's house on Saturday mornings and spend the whole day with her mowing the lawn and making tea cakes together. The little boy who Maamaaw, (the Grandma) called Buddy would look forward to his Saturday's with his Grandma every week and felt so special that she spent time with just time. Setting: Was beautiful summer time and based in the country hills with fun back windy roads. This was important to the story because it gave the beginning of the story more of a sweet, fun adventure feeling and set up the rest of the book to be non stressful but fun to read. Art Media: Watercolor on 100% rag acid-free paper
  • (4/5)
    This book tells you how one boy bikes to his grandma passing houses and a tank station. When he is at her house then Lester, the author talks about what he would do when he was there.