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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 neighbor brings word that Union ...
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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 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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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: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Karen B. Winnick taught art history to elementary school students and then became the author and illustrator of several books for children. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, three sons, three dogs, and an assortment of fish.
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