Cherished family memories are top on my list of picture perfect moments. When I was little, I would sit in front of the TV for hours watching old family movies (yes VHS style) and relive my favorite parts of childhood. There was never enough footage of all of 3 of us girls coming downstairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa has left for us. #everyyearuntiliwasinhighschool
I want to share with you today a very special children's book that I believe has a beautiful message!
Quickly The Magic Spatula written by Jeryl Abelmann and Miriam Kronish shares a well written series filled with magic moments of cherished family memories.
Before I continue, I want to let you in on a little secret. The author of this touching series use to be MY fifth grade math teacher. Yes, 21 years ago I was sitting in Mrs. Abelmann's math class with my butterfly covered math book learning how to do long division. I have not talked to Mrs. Abelmann since 1995, until about 2 months ago when we reconnected through my sister who happened to have a business meeting with her son. Yes, I know it just keeps getting better. Long story short, my sister (Beezus) shared with Mrs. A's son that I was now a fifth grade teacher who is the author behind Ramona Recommends. Of course I had to reach out and share my love of books. Guess what! She retired from teaching fifth grade and became a children's book author. #swoon #alwaysdream
Now back to my regular scheduled post about Quickly!
Quickly the Magic Spatula is a wonderful story about 2 siblings who find Quickly the Magic Spatula one day in their old attic. Quickly isn't just a boring silver spatula he is filled with cherished memories and years of pancake batter splotches. You see, Quickly used to be a regular spatula in the kitchen, but as the years passed Quickly became the symbol of Sunday morning pancakes, happy times with mommy, and filled tummies.
I highly recommend this book and all the books in the Quickly series because they symbolize what really matters in life-creating memories to bring a smile to your face. Who knew a little spatula would hold an ever lasting imprint of pure joy for Jeff and his sister.
In Quickly's second book, Quickly's Magical Pancake Adventure, he takes adventures all over the world to learn how to make different pancakes. He traveled from England to Spatula Camp. This is a two for one in my eyes! Partially narrative and partially informational. He was a busy spatula flipping silver dollars to children everywhere. In the back of the book, there are TWENTY FIVE different pancake recipes to try with your students. What a fun lesson that would be! Learn about geography AND pancakes. #yesplease
Quickly has been busy! He just returned from a Safari in Africa to meet some new friends he made at Spatula Camp. In this highly awarded picture book, Quickly teaches all about Africa through the alphabet. He even made a coloring book to go with his latest pancake frenzy. One of my favorite parts in this book, is the authors use the word HUMDINGER! #lovethatword. This would a great mentor text for fifth grades to see how you can turn a picture book into an informational writing piece.
Hope you enjoy sharing QUICKLY in your classroom!
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