The Giant Jam Sandwich

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It's a dark day for Itching Down. Four million wasps have just descended on the town, and the pests are relentless! What can be done? Bap the Baker has a crazy idea that just might work . . .

Young readers will love having this lyrical, rhyming text in an accessible board book format as they watch the industrious citizens of Itching Down knead, bake, and slather the biggest wasp trap there ever was! John Vernon Lord's bright ink and crayon ...

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Overview

It's a dark day for Itching Down. Four million wasps have just descended on the town, and the pests are relentless! What can be done? Bap the Baker has a crazy idea that just might work . . .

Young readers will love having this lyrical, rhyming text in an accessible board book format as they watch the industrious citizens of Itching Down knead, bake, and slather the biggest wasp trap there ever was! John Vernon Lord's bright ink and crayon illustrations fill the pages with humorous detail.

When four million wasps fly into their village, the citizens of Itching Down devise a way of getting rid of them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The people of Itching Down combat an invasion of wasps by trapping them in a large strawberry-jam sandwich, in this nonsense tale. Ages 4-8. (April)
Children's Literature - Joan Kindig
Originally published in 1972, The Giant Jam Sandwich has become one of the classics of children's books. Four million wasps descend upon a small country village—can you imagine?! What on earth can be done to save the town? The charm of this story is that the villagers think of a very ridiculous, very impossible solution just as young children would. Why not make a giant jam sandwich, which is exactly what the wasps would find scrumptious, and then trap them as they sit eating to their hearts' delight. The village comes together as the wheels are put in motion from the baking of the bread to the spreading of the jam. Ending in a very satisfying way, children think the world of how the entire affair was handled. Told in rhyme this is a story that will be a hit in any kindergarten through third grade classroom. This book may have some years on it but children are not yet done with this book by any means! Now available in a board book format. Reviewer: Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
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"Children should have fun spotting the cockeyed absurdities purveyed here in pictures and verse." Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547150772
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 268,171
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JANET BURROWAY is the author of seven novels and two texts on creative writing. Her Writing Fiction, now in its seventh edition, is the most widely used creative writing text in the United States. She divides her time among Tallahassee, London, and Wisconsin.

John Vernon Lord dons many hats including author, illustrator, and teacher. His children’s books have been published all over the world in a number of languages. His classic picture book The GIANT JAM SANDWICH, with verses by Janet Burroway, has remained in print since its initial publication in 1972 and continues to be loved by children of all ages. John Vernon Lord lives in Ditchling, Sussex.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    Wonderful story

    I liked this book so much that I bought it for myself instead of my son just so I could read it. Great book!

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