A Was an Apple Pie

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In the 1660s, English schoolchildren first met an apple pie called A. In simple, educational verse, they also met 26 other alphabetical characters who all wanted a piece of A! B bit it, J jumped for it, N nodded at it, and T took it! Creative Editions is pleased to now reintroduce this classic nursery rhyme to a new generation. With lighthearted illustrations by Etienne Delessert that are sure to captivate young learners, A Was an Apple Pie is an endless slice of reading fun!

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Overview

In the 1660s, English schoolchildren first met an apple pie called A. In simple, educational verse, they also met 26 other alphabetical characters who all wanted a piece of A! B bit it, J jumped for it, N nodded at it, and T took it! Creative Editions is pleased to now reintroduce this classic nursery rhyme to a new generation. With lighthearted illustrations by Etienne Delessert that are sure to captivate young learners, A Was an Apple Pie is an endless slice of reading fun!

Educating young children while keeping them fully engaged can be a challenge. But teachers and parents alike will find that this lively picture book will do just that. In typical Delessert fashion, the book's illustrations refuse to settle for the ordinary. Playful creatures wear shirts bearing each respective letter of the alphabet, and their delightfully rendered shenanigans in trying to keep the piece of apple pie to themselves give the story a fun narrative arc. Each spread features a pleasing combination of color, characters, and movement that will enchant readers of all ages.

With almost 100 children's books to his credit, artist and author Etienne Delessert has established a reputation as one of the fathers of modern children's picture books. Through such books as Dance!, I Hate to Read!, The Seven Dwarfs, and Who Killed Cock Robin?, he has won gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and twice garnered the prestigious Graphics Prize from the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Delessert's simple counting book (which might be regarded as a companion to his reimagining of the English nursery rhyme, A Was an Apple Pie) shows the artist's work in its most stripped-down form. The book stars 10 creatures whose pop-out eyes, snaggly teeth, skinny limbs and lizard-smooth skin may be the conceptual antitheses of cuteness, but whose expressions are always sunny. The first spread shows them seated around a big, black table: "We are hungry!" One impatient diner has left tooth marks in the table. In a succession of tight close-ups rendered as full-bleed spreads, each creature handles shiny, lusciously drawn fruits : "1/ one banana/ 2/ two apples/ 3/ three oranges," etc. (One creature with an alligator-shaped head rolls apricots down its jagged nose.) At last, having counted all the fruit, the creatures share them "What fun!" and the final scene shows them staring at a single, remaining blueberry. Delessert's images unfold mostly in empty space, turning the creatures' horns and snouts and long ears into an abstract collection of geometric forms. The simplicity of the images seems an appropriate match for the sparse text. This will likely appeal most to Delessert's devoted fans. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The familiar English nursery rhyme is modernized with vibrant fantastical figures that tumble across a stark white background. The brilliant contrast gives "pop" to the fun illustrations. Children will smile at the antics of the large-nosed creatures as the alphabet unfolds in both upper- and lowercase letters: "B bit it," "C cut it," "L longed for it," etc. Some of the figures have long ears, some have short ones; others have rhinolike horns. All pose in their red T-shirts for a group shot before setting off after the pie. Ironically, none really gets it-a lone mouse licks it off the floor. The text is simple, large, and easy to read; it complements the clean look of the art. With its humor and action, this revision of an old rhyme will definitely strike a chord with today's children.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568461960
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Series: Creative Editions Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.32 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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