The Dancing Pancake

Eileen Spinelli‘s The Dancing Pancake is a nice, easy read for summer. Formatted in verse, it doesn’t feel as much like poetry as it does clean, spare prose. The clever title shows up in more ways than one, and the main character’s group of friends grows and grows, including an old man who thinks he’s a doctor and a homeless woman who prefers her home outside to indoor apartments.

Although Bindi, the main character, is eleven years old, I’d recommend this book for the younger middle grader set such as those reading Just Grace and Clementine, as well as older readers. Bindi’s unusually wise friends open her eyes to living with giving and how to make it through the changes when parents leave.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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