Saturday, July 9, 2016

FABULOUS FINISH: The Hole Story of the Doughnut

Written by Pat Miller
Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.  Picture Book.

Have you ever wondered who created the amazing sweet treat known as the donut?  This great picture book biography will tell you "the hole story" of Hanson Gregory and his invention while at sea in 1847.  An adventurous story that is loaded with fun facts (he was only 16!) and is accessibly written, kiddos will want to read this one more than once.  The watercolor illustrations are bright and cheery, and each full page illustration is cleverly divided into two--the center circle of the picture is "cut out" to leave white space for text and is placed on the facing page--the donut and its hole!  The fabulous finish is in the Author's Note where you discover who bought a new headstone for Gregory's grave in 1982 after it had been missing for over 20 years.  Delightful!  A Junior Library Guild Selection.

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