Do You Like Pancakes?

by Andreia Chavis-Douglas

© 2014 Andreia Chavis-Douglas
32 pages


Price $17.95

Andreia Chavis Douglas
Phone: 301-948-3720


About the book --

This colorfully illustrated children’s book is about a young boy who loves to eat pancakes. He even loves to eat them for dinner. When he invites his best friend home from the playground for a family dinner, they must decide how many pancakes to eat. Both boys love to eat pancakes but sometimes they like to eat something else. The rhythmic language and recurrent phrasing along with the surprise ending to the story makes this book an engaging read for parents and children.

Reviews --

“WOW! I absolutely loved the book! It has soooooo many skills I could point out to my kids: rhyming, counting, vocabulary, describing words. — Mrs. Lori Speer, Kindergarten teacher, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Germantown, Maryland

The book’s adorable . . . — Jane Klein, Librarian/EFDL-FLA Manager, Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland

The children loved it. When I would read the statement “Do You Like pancakes?” in the story, they would all say, “Yes, I do!” They really connected with the story. — Alexis Brinn, pre-K teacher, 3-year olds room, La Own Academy, Roswell, Georgia

About the Author --

Andreia Chavis-Douglas is a native of Washington, DC, an artist and an adjunct professor at Prince George’s Community College and Howard County Community College in Maryland where she currently resides. She recently retired from the Washington Post newspaper where she was a graphic artist for many years. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of DC and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. This is her first book in print. Ms. Chavis-Douglas is determined to be of assistance in the fight against illiteracy and to that end has written several unpublished children’s books with the adult ESL/literacy student also in mind. In her role as a volunteer literacy tutor with Montgomery County Literacy, she worked with and assisted her first client in her efforts to learn to read, write and speak English. Andreia is mother to adult children, grandmother to six beautiful grandchildren and great-grandmother to an energetic toddler. She enjoys photography and sculpture and the company of friends and extended family. She loves to travel and explore museums and art galleries; reading and illustrating stories for her grandchildren; and taking long walks with her giant schnauzer.

An Interview With The Author:

1. What are your current projects?

I am maintaining my commitment to address the literacy needs of adults in Montgomery County, Maryland as a literacy volunteer and am also completing a second children’s book, Beware of the Mud Monster.

2. How did you come up with the title for your book?

My daughter, grandchildren and I were on our way to a pancake house for breakfast one day and I asked my grandson, “Do you like pancakes?” He exclaimed, “Yes, I do! The idea for an illustrated book was born.

3. Who would be most interested in your book and why?

Children, moms, dads, teachers, grandparents will all enjoy reading this book. It explores family dynamics, diversity and friendships through a family meal activity while reinforcing healthy eating concepts in a light hearted and fun way. It also provides an easily relatable and fun first reading experience for new readers and would be a great book for adult literacy students because it uses simple repetitive words to explore a familiar activity.

4. List five words that you feel best describe your book. Fun, Family-oriented, engaging.

5. What is the most fascinating component of your book?

Its colorful imagery and unique story concept. That it represents African-American family dynamics in a positive and uplifting way.

6. What are the main ideas or themes of your book?

Friendship, Family togetherness, Sharing.

7. Are the experiences in your book based on someone you know, or events in your life?

Yes. I have always written stories for my children and grandchildren. My six-year old grandson, Gabriel is always asking his mother to make him pancakes. He loves to eat pancakes and will eat a large stack of them. He recently lost his two front teeth, which I think make him an adorable character.

8. Who or what has influenced your writing an in what way?

I have always loved reading books and enjoyed the adventures they take me on. This is probably because my mom read to me and to my sisters when we were children. One of my favorite stories as a young child was about a young clam named Clem Clam, A Story of the Happy Clam Family by Edythe A. Laws. Sadly, it is out of print now, so I cannot read it to my family. As a teenager, I penned stories for my younger sister. Later, as a new mom I wrote and illustrated stories about my oldest daughter to amuse her. Now as a grandmother I have continued the tradition by writing and illustrating stories featuring my grandchildren for their entertainment. Instead of a drawing board and paper, I now illustrate their stories on the computer.


 Andreia Chavis-Douglas


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