A Trip to Hot Dog Heaven!

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I missed a few blog posts because we just returned from three days in New York City.  Among our stops was Coney Island where we visited Nathan’s Famous, home of the annual Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest.  It was only one week ago that Joey Chestnut won his fourth straight title by eating 54 hot dogs in ten minutes.  To be honest, the very thought of it makes me feel a bit queezy.  I managed to eat only 1/2 a dog on a very hot day which gave me all new respect for competitive eaters.  However, as the three of us stood in line at Nathan’s, we couldn’t help but think of Stan.  Stan the Hot Dog Man, that is – one of the stars of my son’s childhood reading. 

Stan the Hot Dog Man by Ethel and Leonard Kessler is part of the “I Can Read” series, and since the book is now twenty-years old,  it’s clearly proven itself a good choice  for beginning readers.  But in our family, it became one of our favorite stories.  A  baker who opens a hot dog stand, Stan’s adventure begins when he is stranded during a snow storm.  If you have a new reader in your house, check it out.  And for hot dog fans, here are two other books for you: 

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems – in which the intrepid pigeon is challenged by a very clever duck.

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog by Adrienne Sylver – This brand new book and is chock-full of fun facts about hot dogs.  Babe Ruth, I learned, liked hot dogs so much that “he’s often eat more than a dozen in one sitting.”  Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month?   I could go on, but I won’t.  If you know someone who likes hot dogs, this book is the perfect gift.

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