Cassie's Sweet Berry Pie: A Civil War Story

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Cassie can't remember when she last tasted huckleberry pie. Ever since war broke out between the states, her life in Mississippi has changed. Her father is fighting with General Lee's army. Her mother spends hours tending wounded soldiers at the hospital.

But when Cassie picks a bucket of huckleberries, her mother provides her with enough flour and sugar to make a pie. So, while keeping an eye on her younger brother and sister, Cassie cuts long strips of dough. Suddenly, a ...

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Overview

Cassie can't remember when she last tasted huckleberry pie. Ever since war broke out between the states, her life in Mississippi has changed. Her father is fighting with General Lee's army. Her mother spends hours tending wounded soldiers at the hospital.

But when Cassie picks a bucket of huckleberries, her mother provides her with enough flour and sugar to make a pie. So, while keeping an eye on her younger brother and sister, Cassie cuts long strips of dough. Suddenly, a neighbor brings word that Union soldiers are close by stealing food. Cassie and her siblings hurry to hide their pork, cheese, and sack of potatoes. Then Cassie gets an idea of how she might keep the Union soldiers from discovering her family's precious food. She proves that huckleberries are useful for more than making pies.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Even basic staples like flour are hard to come by in war-torn Mississippi, but resourceful young Cassie manages to find all the ingredients for a huckleberry pie. Just as she prepares to bake it, she learns that Yankee soldiers are on the way, and, in her mother's absence, she must protect her younger brother and sister and their home by herself. Thinking fast, she builds an unseasonably hot fire in the hearth, dapples her siblings' faces with dye from the berries, and bundles them and all the valuables into her mother's large bed. The ruse successfully frightens the soldiers, who flee the house empty-handed to avoid their outbreak of "measles." Winnick's engaging story is straightforward and easy to follow, and is serviceably accompanied by double-page, oil-on-canvas paintings. The art fleshes out the narrative, but is visually pretty monotonous overall. It lacks depth or detail, and looks unfinished and amateurish. An additional purchase.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563979842
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,020,454
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen B. Winnick is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, another Civil War–era story. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her paintings have been exhibited in Southern California galleries. Ms. Winnick lives in Los Angeles, California.

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