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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.
Teacher’s Guide available!
In this book, award-winning children’s author and acclaimed educator Lester L. Laminack provides guidelines, lessons, and resources for making every read-aloud experience intentional and instructional. Central to Laminack’s message is his breakthrough thinking about the value and importance of “Best Friend Books” – a small, carefully curated collection that you turn to repeatedly for specific teaching purposes.
You’ll also find:
- Step by step lessons for “first visits” and “return visits” with recommended Best Friend Books—clear guidelines for digging deeply into the books and enriching students’ understanding of content and craft.
- Links to an online resource bank that contains “Spotlight on Lester” videos and graphic organizers for you and downloadables for your students.
- “What the Research Says” boxes that point to studies supporting Laminack’s professional advice.
- A list of Laminack’s favorite Best Friend Books to date, annotated and alphabetically organized.
- “Home Visit” boxes that contain tips and tools for welcoming families into the work.
A hilarious read-aloud favorite about some foolish farm animals who decide to trade roles—and discover just how hard it is to do someone else’s job. From award-winning author Lester Laminack and celebrated illustrator Henry Cole.
“Good farm fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
The Tuckers’ farm is a peaceful place where everyone has a job and no one complains. That is, until a hapless peacock falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up. Soon, customers are flocking to the farm to see what all the fuss is about. But the hens don’t like the newcomer getting attention while they do all the hard work. When a wise old hound sees the problem, he helps orchestrate a job swap.
What follows is the riotous tale of three hens who get in way over their feathered heads, and one very distressed peacock who just can’t figure out how to lay an egg.
Lester Laminack has created a comical look at envy, finding your strength, and what happens when we underestimate the value of others’ work. Henry Cole’s delightful illustrations heighten the story’s humor and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.
Teacher’s Guide available!
Children’s Choice Book Awards Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year – Children’s Book Council
Children’s Choices – International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) – Bank Street College of Education
Read Aloud Book Award – Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction