|my laskiaispullat aka shrove buns|
Happy Fat Tuesday and Laskiaistiistai [Sledding Day]! Since the observation of Lent isn't very common in Finland, Fat Tuesday became a day where all the children have the day off from school and go sledding, then go home to pea soup and sweet rolls with whipped cream and jam or hazelnut spread called laskiaispullat. So whether you're sledding or working up a New Orleans fever (or both!), here are two picture books it's not too late to enjoy:
Just-published (2012) Dinosaur Mardi Gras by Dianne de las Casas, illustrated by Marita Gentry, has Rex, king of Mardi Gras, as the star of this dinosaur spin on the musical fun. Here's the book trailer.
Red Sled by Lita Judge is also new (2011), but it is sure to become a classic. Lovely illustrations (like the one above) and few words tell a story of curiosity.
P.S. Leave a comment if you'd like me to send you the laskiaispulla recipe. It will change your life.