The Giant Jam Sandwich

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Four million wasps invade Itching Down, so the villagers make a giant jam sandwich to trap them. "Children should have fun spotting the cockeyed absurdities purveyed here in pictures and verse." -- Kirkus Reviews

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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Overview

Four million wasps invade Itching Down, so the villagers make a giant jam sandwich to trap them. "Children should have fun spotting the cockeyed absurdities purveyed here in pictures and verse." -- Kirkus Reviews

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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"Children should have fun spotting the cockeyed absurdities purveyed here in pictures and verse." Kirkus 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395442371
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 56,932
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.13 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    Still a cherished memory

    My mother bought this book to read to me as a child, and I can still recall the whimsical illustrations and fanciful storytelling. Twenty five years later I am buying this book to read to my own child. I highly recommend.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Fantastic Classic Children's Book

    Read this book as a child and was just as I remembered it, great. Love this whimsical story. Can't wait to read it to my children some day~

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Love the Jam Sandwich

    My two-year-old loves this book. We have the board format. The story is just challenging enough without being too long. She loves inspecting the different people and actions going on in the illustrations and talking about them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    Trip down memory lane

    I remember hearing this book read on the 'Captain Kangaroo Show' when I was a little girl. I bought it for my four kids so they can create memories of their own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    One hot summer in Itching Down...

    My mom read this book to me as a child. My sisters and I loved it so much we memorized it. I don't think I can recite the whole thing now, but I do remember the opening line. This is a very fun book, I look forward to passing it on to my nieces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    All 5 Stars

    GREAT book for kids! The story is creative and flows well from start to finish. This story is a favorite in our house.

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