The Hole Story of the Doughnut - Activities
Originally, sailors ate large globs of fried dough for breakfast. The middle soaked up the hot grease and made the pastry so heavy that sailors called them sinkers. Everything changed on June 22, 1847 when a 16-year old cook's helper, Hanson Gregory, used the lid from a pepper can to cut a hole in the center of the dough ball before frying. He changed breakfast forever!
Readers Theater Script: Act out a fictionalized version of the exact morning the doughnut was invented with this script for 8 readers.
Make doughnuts out of socks! Directions here from The Crafty Girls for a no-sew project that makes realistic-looking doughnuts and is a lot of fun.
An Educational Excuse to Eat Doughnuts: Jennifer, The Organized Homeschooler, has posted a number of fun ideas on her web site.
Learn more about the illustrator, Vincent Kirsch.
REVIEWS AND AWARDS:
"Delicious!" Kirkus, March 1, 2016.
"A lively offering for reading and sharing that will encourage the youngest of researchers to wonder and learn about everyday items in their world." School Library Journal, March, 2016.
"Entertaining...tasty bit of history." Booklist, March 15, 2016.
"Playful cartoons and dramatic narration tell the true tale of a New England mariner turned doughnut inventor." Publisher's Weekly, March 14, 2016.
2018-19 Virginia Children's Choice Award List
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2016 Junior Library Guild Nonfiction Selection