Cherry Pies and Lullabies

Cherry Pies and Lullabies

by Lynn Reiser, Lynn W. Reiser
     
 

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Here is a book about everyday love and how one family expresses it. Four generations of mothers and daughters share family traditions that are the same but become slightly different as the times change. And whether they are sharing cherry pies or quilts or lullabies, what matters is that it is done with unconditional love. Lynn Reiser has created this spectacular

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Here is a book about everyday love and how one family expresses it. Four generations of mothers and daughters share family traditions that are the same but become slightly different as the times change. And whether they are sharing cherry pies or quilts or lullabies, what matters is that it is done with unconditional love. Lynn Reiser has created this spectacular picture book — and its English-Spanish companion, Tortillas and Lullabies, Tortillas y cancioncitas — for all families to read and share.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cherry pie is the appetizing first course in Reiser's (Best Friends Think Alike) mirthful celebration of domestic traditions. With each appearance of the treat, a new generation is marked: fresh-picked cherries are baked in the homemade pies of the narrator's great-grandmother on the farm; cherries are retrieved from a tin can in the grandmother's suburban kitchen; cherries come frozen in the microwave pie that the narrator's business-suited, urban mother "bakes" for her; and cherries are made from clay in the pie the girl serves her teddy bear. "Every time it was the same, but different," sings the refrain. After the pies, Reiser offers similar treatment to family traditions of making garlands of flowers (once gathered in fields, now wrapped from the florist) and quilts (once hand-sewn, now store-bought). But when Reiser turns to lullabies, she delivers a pleasing surprise: each mother sings them the very same way. (Music for Brahms's "Lullaby" appears at the end, with Reiser's lyrics.) The illustrations, flat and boldly outlined, are true to Reiser's established style. The depictions of women border on stereotype the great-grandmother with her spectacles and old-fashioned bib apron; grandmother with her perky '50s hairdo and sewing machine, but Reiser's attention to the reworking of similar detail in each frame is commendable and her gently poked fun a warmly effective way to reinforce stories of family history. FYI: A bilingual companion volume, Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y Cancioncitas ($16.00), also by Reiser, uses a Costa Rican setting; and is due out simultaneously.
Children's Literature - Wendy Keen
Family traditions often are a way of expressing love for each other. Reiser's gentle-hearted tale depicts the traditions of three generations of mothers and daughters (and one of a girl and her teddy bear.) Though the presentation of the cherry pies, flower crowns, quilts and lullabies differs from generation to generation, the love remains the same. Reiser's illustrations are friendly and colorful. After reading her book, young readers may become curious about their own family traditions, or interested in starting ones of their own. Reiser presents a lullaby at the end of the book, set to the music of the Brahms "Lullaby."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In a story that celebrates maternal love across the generations, a child reflects on gifts that are given again and again. The narrator relates how her great-grandmother baked a cherry pie for her grandmother, who in turn baked one for her mother, who baked for her. In the end, the little girl pretends to bake a pie for her teddy bear. The pictures, which are simply drawn yet rich in color and detail, reflect the changes that time brings to the baking process. While great-grandmother rolls her own crust and uses fresh fruit, grandmother can call on a frozen crust and canned pie filling. The mother of today, dressed for success, slips a home-style pie into the microwave. "Every time it was the same, but different." The following "chapters" trace the same women as they weave crowns of flowers (meadow picked, garden grown, and now purchased at the florist) and wrap their daughters in quilts (hand stitched, machine stitched, and then mail ordered). The final chapter maintains the warm feeling as each mother sings her daughter a lullaby. This time, in spite of changing scenery, "Every time it was the same." The words and music (sung to Brahms's "Lullaby") are included. Reiser's Tortillas and Lullabies (Greenwillow, 1998) tells essentially "the same, but different" story, narrated by a little girl in Costa Rica. The warmth and energy of these books make them perfect choices for intergenerational sharing.-Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Kirkus Reviews
From Reiser (Best Friends Think Alike, 1997, etc.), an original and attractive tribute to feminine arts and crafts, in a personal history of one family's changing traditions. Four chapters delineate the baking of a cherry pie, the crafting of a crown of flowers, the construction of a quilt, and the singing of a lullaby. As the great-grandmother bakes a pie for the narrator's grandmother, readers come across the details of the furniture, the home and garden, the clothing, and so on. The methods and locales change over time, from a pie made from scratch, to one made with a frozen crust and canned cherries, to a microwave pie, to the child's pretend pie, but "every time it was the same, but different." Reiser's bold outline drawings are misleadingly simple, capturing pets, scenery, and the wonderful quilts consistently and impressively. There is much to pore over: the changing telephones, the eggbeater, the milk in a bottle, the milk in a carton, as well as the generations moving from rural locales to more urban ones (the farm wife quilts at home while the modern career mother orders a quilt from a catalog with her cell phone). A music sheet is included for the lullaby, as well as a family tree, an author's note on her family history, and a page depicting the generations of the homes of her relatives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688133917
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn Reiser is the creator of many acclaimed books for children, including the bilingual books Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret; Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas; and The Lost Ball/La pelota perdida. Lynn Reiser lives in Connecticut.

Lynn Reiser es autora de varios libros infantiles aclamados, entre ellos los libros bilingÜes Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret; Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas; y The Lost Ball/La pelota perdida. Lynn Reiser vive en Connecticut.

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