We’re doing something fun for science this year- a book called Science Through Children’s Literature, by Carol and John Butzow. I saw it at the library this summer and was intrigued by its approach. As I am a lover of picture books, it sounds wonderful to integrate a science curriculum into what we are already reading. Books like Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel are not just entertaining, they can teach us many things about machines, energy, and change, for example.
Our first unit is on nutrition, and the core picture book is Gregory The Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat. It is a cute read about Gregory the goat, whose food tastes differ from those of his parents. Other supplemental books for the unit include Eating Through The Alphabet by Ehlert, Bread and Jam for Frances by Hoban, and Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola. What a treat, literally, to enjoy all these authors this week. We read Pancakes this morning, and I decided we should try the pancake recipe for dinner that appeared in DePaola’s “first wordless picture book” that “speaks for itself”. They were really good! I don’t usually stray far from my box of pancake mix, as homemade ones never turn out light and fluffy for me. But this sounded fun, and I am glad they turned out. Maybe I have a new standby recipe.
2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
3 T butter, melted
3 T sugar
1 t salt
1 cup milk
Sift all dry ingredients into a bowl. Beat eggs lightly. Pour eggs and milk into the flour mix. Mix with a large spoon only long enough to blend. Batter should be lumpy. Stir in the melted butter. Cook on a hot griddle.
From Pancakes For Breakfast by Tomie DePaola