Blackberry Banquet

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Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.
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Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

A mouse, bluebird, squirrel, fox, and deer are all enjoying blackberries until Bear stops by for his share of the fruit. All scatter in fear, except the bluebird, who swoops in and takes the last berry right off the bear's paw. The rhyming text and repetition make this an enjoyable read-aloud: "Squirrel skips into the brambles thick./That snacking squirrel gives a great big lick./Slurp! Mmm-mm!/Tweet! Mmm-mm!/Squeak! Mmm-mm! " The illustrations give the fairly realistic animals great facial expressions that work perfectly with the text. The surprise they show when the bear arrives is a comic delight. An especially nice touch is the berry stains on all the faces-except poor Bear's. The last four pages, "For Creative Minds," offer information on blackberries, the food chain, native and nonnative plants, how plants and animals help each other, and a smoothie recipe. This section is for a variety of ages and can easily be modified to fit a specific grade level.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934359280
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/10/2008
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 741,189
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Pierce (Blackberry Banquet) is the author of sixteen children's books, including picture books, easy readers, joke books, and non-fiction. Terry now writes full-time, teaches children's writing workshops and is a visiting author at elementary schools. She also proudly serves on the Ventura/Santa Barbara regional board of the SCBWI. Terry was inspired to write Blackberry Banquet by her son (now grown) and their berry-picking family vacations in Oregon. Even though he hated bees (which frequented the blackberry bushes), he knew the lessons of The Little Red Hen and would help her to pick berries anyway. Terry lives in the high desert of California with her husband of thirty years, one goldfish, and a brown bobtailed cat.
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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    A fun romp through the forest

    The sweetness of the plump wild blackberries are the yummiest food around in the forest, or so it is for all the woodland creatures, especially the mouse, bluebird, squirrel, fox and deer. They happily come upon a great bush filled with lovely berries and merrily chomp away. "Mmm-mm!" say all the creatures as they indulge in the super yummy treat, until...the big black bear arrives, and things get a bit messy.

    Blackberry Banquet is a quick-read children's (ages 4-8) tale, that has a bit of humor, cute animal chewing sounds, and rhymes all mixed into one charming book. The vivid, amusing, and detailed illustrations add to the overall positive, energetic tone, while a few Oregon environmental groups verified the accuracy of this book, which not only entertains, but also educates the little ones. The publisher, Sylvan Dell Publishing, has also included a section in the back of this book entitled 'For Creative Minds' and includes such educational materials as quizzes, facts and recipes. Also, further teaching resources can be located online at the Sylvan Dell Publishing website.

    Quill says: Get your children and come join the forest creatures as they fill their tummys with yummy blackberries, Mmm-mm!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    a charming book

    What a charming rhyming book ¿ I loved it! Author Terry Pierce's carefully chosen words are perfect, and the illustrations by Lisa Downey are kid-friendly and hilarious. I especially loved the expressions on the animals' faces. There's a yummy blackberry bush in the forest, and the animals are enjoying eating all the blackberries until . . . well, you'll just have to read this story to find out what happens. This is a very funny book that gets a high five from me for keeping me interested and laughing with each turn of the page. I give this picture book another high five for great text, great illustrations, and great fun while learning! Could you tell I really liked this book? As with all Sylvan Dell books, there's a section at the end called For Creative Minds that is also available online. This section contains: 'Blackberries', 'How Do We Eat Blackberries', there's a recipe for 'Blackberry Smoothie', 'Plants Are the Bottom of the Food Chain', 'Plants and Animals', 'How Do Animals Help Plants?' and 'Are Plants Always Good?' I especially liked these topics ¿ all were truly wonderful for explaining the relationship between plants and animals, and how they depend on each other. It gives children lots to think about. I was also pleased to see that experts from various agencies in Oregon were verifying the accuracy of this book. The blackberries and all the other berries growing wild in Oregon are the best I've ever tasted. No wonder the forest animals loved to snack on this blackberry bush! Gayle Jacobson-Huset ¿ Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine

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