by Ingmarie Ahvander
Pictures by Mati Lepp
Translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard
June 17, 2003.
R & S Books, New York, 2002. 28 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (E AHV).
I especially liked this book, because this week my kids’ Swedish-American
grandparents were visiting. They are the ones who introduced me to
Swedish pancakes, which is what Pancake Dreams
“Stefan has a grandma called Elsa. She lives in Sweden, but
Stefan now lives in Jordan, far away from there.” Stefan is terribly
hungry for Grandma’s special pancakes, different from anyone else’s.
He thinks of Grandma, and he thinks of her pancakes.
One day, his family buys some flat bread in a big box. Stefan
decides that that box would be just perfect for pancakes. They send
it to Sweden along with Aunt Martha, with directions inside for Grandma
to fill it with pancakes.
The idea is good, but how will Grandma send them to Sweden?
If she mails pancakes, they would be moldy before they arrived.
So she places an ad, and finds a traveler willing to carry a box of pancakes
to Jordan. The box loses a pancake in customs, but eventually makes
it safely to Stefan. I should warn you that this isn’t a book about
sharing, but it is a delightful story about a boy, his Grandma, and some
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund. All
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