Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 31

Picture Book: The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake

: Nancy Willard

Illustrator: Richard Jesse Watson

Summary: The tween narrator wants to bake her mother a favorite mysterious cake that is a lost legacy from her colorful grandmother. After clues, a clumsy uncle, & the found recipe, the cake is made late at night with amazing results including an encounter with 3 beautiful but hungry angels. Then her grandmother’s saying is remembered, “Grief in the evening is joy in the morning,” and holds true as the birthday is celebrated with a secret, heavenly delight.

Hanna’s Comments: This is a great book for older elementary & youth especially to honor a mother or grandmother’s legacy. Note that this book is longer than most picture books.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Harcourt, 1990

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 7 and up, 2nd and up

# of Pages: 63

Available in Spanish?
Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audio cassette, Audible

PBT Category: Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: ancestors/patriarchs & matriarchs, angels, birth/birthday, blessings, feasting/food/hunger/nutrition, found, generosity/giving/offering/stewardship, God’s care/providence, grandparents, hospitality, labor/work, manna, mothers, preparation/preparing, wishes

Scripture Connections: Joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5); Her children rise up and call her blessed (Proverbs 31)

Idea(s) for Application: a lesson on angels, honoring mothers, or loving acts of service

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