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All for Pie, Pie for All


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David Martin is the author of WE'VE ALL GOT BELLYBUTTONS! illustrated by Randy Cecil, and PIGGY AND DAD GO FISHING, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, among other books. He lives in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

Valeri Gorbachev has written and illustrated many books for children, including GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, which SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL called "a perfect version for preschoolers." He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


As warm and comforting as fresh-baked apple pie, this cinnamon sweet picture book about cooperation and sharing is just right for a family read-aloud. The Cat family is so satisfied with the apple pie Grandma Cat bakes that they leave only one last slice on the table before they take their naps. That leftover piece becomes a whole meal for the Mouse family, and their leftover crumbs in turn end up as perfect fare for the Ant family. Martin's (We've All Got Bellybuttons!) text, with its alluring repetition, can be quickly memorized by a preschooler: "Little Brother Cat ate a piece./ Big Sister Cat ate a piece./ Momma Cat ate a piece...." What the text lacks in complexity, it makes up for in geniality and a quickly moving plot, with more than a baker's dozen appealing characters. Gorbachev's (The Giant Hug) homey full-bleed pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations brim with joy, as one family after another shares the feast. When Grandma Cat wakes up from her nap and says, "I'm hungry. Should I bake another pie?" each family, in turn, shouts, "Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes." Cats, mice and ants ("even little Baby Ant") all work together on Grandma's huge kitchen table to make another pie. The book celebrates the importance of family mealtime, but also provides an example of an amiable community where sugar, flour and harmony are all mixed together with love. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

PreS-Grandma Cat's apple pie is devoured by her family, a mouse family, and a family of ants. The book's charm is in the joyous, deliciously appealing pen-and-ink and watercolor spreads detailing the domestic life of each group and in the repetitive narrative structure of the story, which has very few words. "Little Brother Mouse ate a piece./Big Sister Mouse ate a piece./Momma Mouse ate a piece./Poppa Mouse ate a piece./Grandma Mouse ate a piece./Six crumbs were left./And then the mice took naps." A natural for storyhours, this title will be savored by listeners just discovering the delicious world of books.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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