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The Spettecake Holiday

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Five-year-old Pelle-Göran goes unwillingly to visit grandmother while mama is recuperating from an accident. Adventures on the farm help his apprehensions to disappear and when he returns home he takes the doctor one of grandmother's fine spettecakes, promised if the doctor would make mama well.
School & Library Binding, 211 pages
Published 1958 by Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finally got around to this book after a quarter century. I'm not kidding. There is a whole bit about this weird journey relating to this book here.

After such a long time, I am pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Unnerstad's book. Confused after his mother goes to the hospital, young Pelle-Göran punches the doctor and is sent away to live with his grandmother for a time on her picturesque farm. Also staying there is the older Kaja, who though Pelle-Göran is initially skeptical about, soon
Cynthia Egbert
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
What a sweet story. I enjoy this so much. It was one of those comfy children's stories that just make me feel warm and fuzzy. I needed that, I especially appreciated the tales that many of the characters told. In much the same way that Farmer Boy affects my boys, I found myself getting hungry for a lot of wonderful foods as I read this one! I loved learning that the word piggy back comes from the word "pickaback". I think I shall use the old-fashioned word from now on, I like it much better. Ano ...more
Michael Fitzgerald

Very much in the vein of Summer at Buckhorn, The Wonderful Year, The Golden Name Day, The Good Master, and even A Year Down Yonder and some of the Lenski regionals. The difference here is that the setting is Sweden.

We learn something about Swedish customs, but maybe not so much as in the Lindquist books - because this was originally a Swedish book, not an American one. This one emphasizes the fact that kids are kids, wherever they may be born. Pelle's confusion and anger about his curren
Katie Fitzgerald
Five-year-old Pelle-Göran, who is ordinarily a very well-behaved little boy, has begun acting out as a result of his mother's recent injury which has kept her confined to a hospital bed. Though his mother is expected to recover, Pelle-Göran's father thinks it will be better for everyone if Pelle-Göran goes away on a holiday to his grandmother's house. While visiting his grandmother, Pelle-Göran gets to know his cousin, Kaja, who is an orphan, as well as a variety of colorful characters who live ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jedna z mých nejoblíbenějších knížek dětských let, četla jsem ji nejmíň 50x a vždycky jsem se k ní ráda vracela.
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is yet another entry in the genre of books I seem to have loved as a child--the urban child who spends a summer on a farm. Pelle-Goran is five, and on page one, his mother is run over by a truck and is hospitalized. When it becomes too difficult for his father to care for Pelle-Goran, he is sent, along with an older, orphaned cousin named Kaja, to spend the summer with Pelle-Goran's grandmother on her Swedish farm. The story is episodic, and includes many halcyon days and small adventures, ...more
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If there's a book that's lodged in my memory since I was a little girl, this is it. This book is the epitome of a sweet children's book that inspires as well as captivates. The sketchings in the book are absolutely delightful. Too bad it's no longer in print. My yellowed copy is lovingly standing amongst such notaries as The Good Earth and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Sharon Buxton
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A. children's fiction, grade 4, Sweden, boy visits grandmother's farm, mom's stash, keep
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Own. I thought the way they made the spettecake was funny. I might like to try a spettecake.
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