Over 10 billion doughnuts are baked each year in the U.S. alone, but what's the hole story behind one of America's most beloved pastries?
From the coast of 19th century Maine to a schooner on the high seas manned by hungry sailors, Pat Miller takes readers on a rollicking adventure that explores the simple and surprisingly logical origin story of the iconic doughnut.
In 1843, fourteen-year-old Hanson Gregory left his family home in Rockport, Maine, and set sail as a cabin boy on the schooner Achorn, looking for high-stakes adventure on the high seas. Little did he know that a boatload of hungry sailors, coupled with his knack for creative problem-solving, would yield one of the world’s most prized and beloved pastries.
Lively and inventive cut-paper illustrations add a taste of whimsy to this sweet, fact-filled story that includes an extensive bibliography, author's note, and timeline.
2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List
"A lively offering for reading and sharing that will encourage the youngest of researchers to wonder and learn about other everyday items in their world."
—School Library Journal
"Playful cartoons and dramatic narration tell the true tale of a New England mariner turned doughnut inventor... Mimicking Gregory’s ring-cutting innovation, the book’s memorable design takes large circular cuts out of Kirsch’s vibrant watercolors, transplanting the circles to the facing pages while leaving behind an empty frame for Miller’s (Substitute Groundhog) text."
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