All for Pie, Pie for All

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In this merry, multi-species story cooked up with folksy warmth and humor, everybody gets a piece of the pie — and then some.

Grandma Cat makes a delicious apple pie, and there's plenty for everyone — and even a piece left over. Grandma Mouse finds a piece of apple pie, and there's plenty for everyone — and even crumbs left over. Grandma Ant spies some crumbs of apple pie, and there's plenty for everyone. But what's left over after cats, mice, and ants have had their fill? ...

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Overview

In this merry, multi-species story cooked up with folksy warmth and humor, everybody gets a piece of the pie — and then some.

Grandma Cat makes a delicious apple pie, and there's plenty for everyone — and even a piece left over. Grandma Mouse finds a piece of apple pie, and there's plenty for everyone — and even crumbs left over. Grandma Ant spies some crumbs of apple pie, and there's plenty for everyone. But what's left over after cats, mice, and ants have had their fill? Little readers will eat up this scrumptious, gently math-related story that's as sweet and satisfying as a fresh-baked dessert.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The front endpapers show Grandma Cat's neatly organized kitchen, ready with the necessary ingredients for her delicious pie. On the title page she is rolling out the dough; on the first page she is taking it out of the oven, watched with pleasure by the rest of the family. Little Brother Cat, Big Sister Cat, Momma Cat, Poppa Cat, and Grandma each eat a piece, with one piece left over. As the cats take naps, Grandma Mouse takes that piece so that Little Brother, Big Sister, Momma and Poppa Mouse can have some. While they nap, it is time for Grandma Ant to lead her family to the six leftover crumbs. Baby Ant finishes the last tiny one. So when Grandma Cat suggests another pie, all those who shared the first one chorus, "Yes." All help make it and happily eat it up. The back endpapers suggest a big clean-up ahead, however. Brief, repetitious sentences make for a jolly read-aloud. The anthropomorphic critters are made particularly appealing with scratchy ink line drawings and mellow transparent watercolors. Double-page scenes depict a comfortable middle-class home with detailed furnishings. On the front of the jacket, Grandma Cat is presenting the delicious looking pie right to us, while on the back the rest of characters watch in delighted anticipation.
School Library Journal
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638917
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 955,323
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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