The Doorbell Rang (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Doorbell Rang (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Pat Hutchins

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Every time the doorbell rings, more people come to share Ma's wonderful cookies. Will there be enough to go around?


Every time the doorbell rings, more people come to share Ma's wonderful cookies. Will there be enough to go around?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ma's cookies prove irresistible not only to her offspring but to their many friends; the treats dwindle at an alarming rate with each new arrival. PW praised ``Hutchins's quirky illustrations,'' which ``nicely depict her suspenseful tale.'' Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Victoria and Sam are delighted when Ma bakes a tray of a dozen cookies, even though Ma insists that her cookies aren't as good as Grandma's. They count them and find that each can have six. But the doorbell rings, friends arrive and the cookies must be re-divided. This happens again and again, and the number of cookies on each plate decreases as the visitors' pile of gear in the corner of the kitchen grows larger. When each child's share is down to one, and the doorbell rings again, Sam and Victoria are worriedand then elated, when they discover that it's Grandma with a tray of dozens more cookies. Hutchins' illustrations are more than cheerful. Her exuberant colors flow from page edge to page edge with a lavish generosity born out by Grandma's abundant supply of cookies. The double-page spreads are filled with details for children to find, such as the peripatetic cat, Ma's unending battle with the footprints on her clean kitchen floor and the changing facial expressions of the multiracial children. The math concepts shown make this a beautiful choice for curriculum support in the primary grades, and the evident dismay of the children may lead to further discussion in areas other than math. As refreshing, enjoyable and unpredictable as an unexpected visit from a friend. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School Library, McKinney, Tex.

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10.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Pat Hutchins, one of seven children, was born in Yorkshire, England, and grew up in the surrounding countryside, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by an elderly couple who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school offered her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty-five picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew. Pat Hutchins lives with her husband in London, England.

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Doorbell Rang 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mom-of-3-cleveland More than 1 year ago
I have a 3 and a 5 year old daughters who love this book. They enjoy counting the cookies which indirectly helped them in figuring out maths addition skills in a fun way. It also showed them how it is nice to share and love to give. I highly recommend this book.