Mrs. Fickle's Pickles

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Mrs. Fickle loves her pickles! Making pickles takes a lot of work. But Mrs. Fickle is more than up to the task. She can't wait to start digging in her garden. But she can't simply plant a pickle. She needs to select the right cucumber-pickle seeds. From the seeds come seedlings and eventually cucumbers. Then comes Mrs. Fickle's favorite part of the process: picking and pickling the cucumbers. This summer she might enter them in the county fair! Lori Ries's delightful rhyming picture book, accompanied by Nancy ...

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Overview

Mrs. Fickle loves her pickles! Making pickles takes a lot of work. But Mrs. Fickle is more than up to the task. She can't wait to start digging in her garden. But she can't simply plant a pickle. She needs to select the right cucumber-pickle seeds. From the seeds come seedlings and eventually cucumbers. Then comes Mrs. Fickle's favorite part of the process: picking and pickling the cucumbers. This summer she might enter them in the county fair! Lori Ries's delightful rhyming picture book, accompanied by Nancy Cote's cheerful illustrations, packs a lot of fun into a few select words and is perfect for reading aloud.

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Ries follows a pickle grower step-by-step from buying the seed to eating the pickles she loves. A simple 16-line poem comprises the entire text, and every other line reads exactly the same-"Mrs. Fickle likes her pickles"-a device sure to spark audience response. Cote's bright illustrations, done in gouache, carry much of the narrative, which begins with Mrs. Fickle buying seeds at a quaint garden shop. With a perpetual smile on her face, she plants and nurtures her nascent pickles, watched by two eager dogs and a bluebird that often perches atop her hat. She measures the height of the plants in her plethora of pots, and transfers them into neat rows in her back yard. Then she packs them in jars, and drives them to the county fair (in a pickle green convertible, naturally). Her pickles win a blue ribbon and she comes home to where she loves them best: "sitting on her tongue." The simplicity of this breezy rural story will invite repeat readings and a slurp or two of anticipation. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590781951
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 723,941
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Ries is the author of Mrs. Fickle's Pickles, Super Sam, Aggie and Ben , Fix It, Sam, and Super Sam. She lives in Tigard, Oregon.

Nancy Cote is the writer and illustrator of It Feels Like Snow, Palm Trees, and Flip-Flops, an American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists." She is also the illustrator of Mrs. Fickle's Pickles by Lori Ries; Tap-Dance Fever by Pat Brisson; The Can-Do Thanksgiving by Marion Hess Pomeranc, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book; The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children; and Fireflies, Peach Pies & Lullabies by Virginia Kross, an IRA-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book. She lives in Somerset, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    A start for gardening projects

    Cote's illustrations make this book. Follow Mrs. Fickle from picking out seeds to winning a blue ribbon at the country fair. A great springboard for teachers and parents to do their own planting projects with children.

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