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The Bye-Bye Pie
     

The Bye-Bye Pie

by Sharon Jennings, Ruth Ohi (Illustrator)
 

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When Grandma announces that she is going to Greenland for a year, her family plans a surprise party. Joey confidently helps out cooking, cleaning, and making gifts. "You're too little to help," he tells his brother Alfie. But it is Alfie who comes to Joey's rescue when the dessert meets with an unfortunate accident. And Joey learns that sometimes a family's secret

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When Grandma announces that she is going to Greenland for a year, her family plans a surprise party. Joey confidently helps out cooking, cleaning, and making gifts. "You're too little to help," he tells his brother Alfie. But it is Alfie who comes to Joey's rescue when the dessert meets with an unfortunate accident. And Joey learns that sometimes a family's secret recipe contains the ingredients for togetherness, not just pie.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Dennette Michaels
A surprise family birthday party is planned when a beloved grandmother announces that she is going to Greenland for a year. Small Joey declares his intention to be a big help, telling his smaller brother, Alfie, "You're too little to help!" But, of course, when a crisis occurs, Alfie saves the cake. From cover art, to end papers covered with sticky fingers, to illustrations that more than bolster the text, to the inclusion of the recipe for "Bye, Bye pie" this is a winner. That is, if you seek a non-didactic way to transmit your belief in the value, to a child, of a unified family that cuts their children some slack.
From the Publisher
"In this wonderful picture book, Sharon Jennings reminds us again of the agony of having a younger sibling . . . The illustrations by Ruth Ohi join with the text to make a seamless whole, a delightful story to laugh about and an opportunity for families to talk about how young brothers and sisters can be a part of celebrations."

—— Resource Links

"Placing her figures in brightly lit, comfortably rumpled settings, Ohi expertly captures Joey's superior, big-brother expression."

—— Booklist

" . . . a plot as fresh and entertaining as the frizzy blonde grandmother. And the pictures are perfect."

—— The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The young protagonist in this wonderful story is able to see through the anguish of shattered expectations to the creative possibilities beyond. . . Ruth Ohi's superb illustrations complement the text perfectly, adding many extra touches of humour. . . The final delight is the recipe for Bye-Bye Pie: make or buy a chocolate pecan pie and "let the pie go splat in a mixing bowl."

—— The Quill and Quire starred review

"Sharon Jennings has proved in five previous books that she knows how to tell a straightforward story that nevertheless has a satisfying twist at the end; she does it again in her charming new picture book the Bye-Bye Pie. . . Turning an incident from normal family life into a story where a five-year-old has an important moment of insight is not easy. Jennings, helped by illustrator Ruth Ohi's energetic preschoolers, has created a story that is satisfying on several levels."

—— City Parent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550417852
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
07/08/2002
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Ohi is a prolific illustrator of over 40 picture books and novels including And You Be The Cat, The Prince of Tarn and The Bye-Bye Pie. Ohi has written several of her own, including Pants Off First. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

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