The Family That Flips Together…


Snow days out of school and work allow all kinds of things to happen at home. Monday was definitely one of those days!

Our youngest was up earlier than usual for a day off and so she piled into bed and covered up between us. She talked with me about the snow outside, the icicles hanging from the roof over the back porch, when we would be sledding today, what time I wanted to get up, and, finally, if she could be totally in charge of making pancakes.

We agreed to that and we were off to the kitchen in no time. She even coined a new phrase to commemorate her hard work at the griddle – “chips and flips.” The “chips” stand for the mountainous volume of chocolate chips she and her sister have come to love in their pancakes; the “flips” stand for how much she has grown up in this past year to be able to now successfully flip a pancake to cook on both sides (not an easy task!).

There is a favorite book about home life by Robert Wolgemuth entitled The Most Important Place on Earth. In it he writes about all the ways in which parents can build a strong family. He says, “We thought we were [making pancakes]; we were really doing what families have done for centuries: working together, laughing together, and learning to love each other in the process.”

It makes me stop and think harder about the little things, the chores, the meals of our sometimes ho-hum life at home. It’s even the chips and flips that are bringing us together. The life of a family is lived every day of the week…snow days, too.

P.S. Here are a few of our favorite children’s books about pancakes…Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle, Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola, and If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.

Look at this Book! If You Give a Pig a Pancake

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…

Pig a Pancake Book

Today’s great book: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff and illustrations by Felicia Bond (1998, HarperCollins Publishers).
Time to Read: short and funny, especially for young children; great pictures with words for emergent readers
Summary: From the inside cover…One thing leads to another when you give a pig a pancake.
Best Quote: “If you give a pig a pancake, she’ll want some syrup to go with it.”

Our View: There is just something incredibly fun about a Laura Numeroff children’s book and we love them all. One of our favorites is this story of a fuzzy pink pig (perfectly illustrated by the great Felicia Bond) who gets himself into quite a predicament when one thing leads to another and another and…another. There’s a funny bathtub scene and piano playing and treehouse building and pancake eating, all following that wonderfully familiar cadence of the “if-then” statements that have made this series such a runaway hit. Our first daughter and I actually have this book signed by the author, whom we met at a special pancake breakfast for the debut of the book at a local mall. There were even live baby pigs to hold and pet as we waited in line for her autograph! A great memory with a great kid to celebrate a great book.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Omelecakes and Panpigs” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.