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Birthday Party
     

Birthday Party

by Ann Chandonnet, K. Fiedler (Illustrator)
 

After the birthday party on Mrs. Atkins' lawn, a little girl in a purple kuspuk recounts her adventures there to her mother, who sinks slowly down into her chair as the delights unfold in rhyme. Truly everything was fine (depending on your point of view) until that elephant arrived. This illustrated romp through the perils of peppermint pie, leaky garden hoses,

Overview

After the birthday party on Mrs. Atkins' lawn, a little girl in a purple kuspuk recounts her adventures there to her mother, who sinks slowly down into her chair as the delights unfold in rhyme. Truly everything was fine (depending on your point of view) until that elephant arrived. This illustrated romp through the perils of peppermint pie, leaky garden hoses, compost heaps and large numbers of young birthday guests stimulates the imagination and tweaks the funnybone. Chandonnet, poet and author of historical fiction and cookbooks, has teamed up with watercolorist Fiedler to get right into the exuberant spirit of rollicking good time.

Illustrations for The Birthday Party are well integrated with the text, which tells the story of a little girl who comes home from a birthday party with a torn dress, scraped knees, and stories for her mother. Preschool and up.

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From the Publisher

"Chandonnet's use of rhyme and meter keeps the story moving along.toward the punch line..."

--Nancy Brown, Peninsula Clarion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963259639
Publisher:
McRoy & Blackburn, Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Ann Chandonnet went about muttering phrases like "beautiful pea green boat" and "Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter." This affected her mind permanently, and she became a writer. She was a feature writer for The Anchorage Times for ten years, and has also written for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and Early American Life. Her most recent newspaper work was for the Juneau Empire, where she was a feature writer and for three years covered the police and court beat.

Ann also writes poetry and cookbooks, including The Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook and Gold Rush Grub (which was selected by the American Association of School Librarians as an Outstanding Book for 2006), a commentary and collection of authentic historical recipes, from the University of Alaska Press. She is also the author of Alaska's Arts, Crafts & Collectibles, which is in its second printing. Chandonnet's previous book for children is Chief Stephen's Parky, historical fiction set in the Athabascan village of Knik, Alaska, in 1898.

When she created the illustrations for The Birthday Party, Kathy Fiedler was a semiretired editor of diverse technical texts. During the winter she walked the beaches of Oregon between storms and bouts of wrestling with the challenge of watercolor painting; summers she spent drawing and writing in the boreal forests of Alaska's interior. She has since passed away.

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