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The Good-Pie Party
     

The Good-Pie Party

by Liz Garton Scanlon, Kady Macdonald Denton (Illustrator)
 

Posy, Megan, and Mae have always been the best of friends -- but now Posy has to move away. Only their favorite activity can comfort the girls: baking pie! And when they realize they can host a good-pie party instead of a good-bye party, the sad situation becomes a sweet gathering for their entire community. THE GOOD-PIE PARTY celebrates good friends, good

Overview


Posy, Megan, and Mae have always been the best of friends -- but now Posy has to move away. Only their favorite activity can comfort the girls: baking pie! And when they realize they can host a good-pie party instead of a good-bye party, the sad situation becomes a sweet gathering for their entire community. THE GOOD-PIE PARTY celebrates good friends, good memories, and the joy of the just-right good-byes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Three girls hatch a plan to help make their parting truly sweet in a story that celebrates the bond of friendship while acknowledging the reality of transition. Posy Peyton is feeling blue, faced with moving away and leaving behind her two best friends, Megan and Mae. With most of the house boxed up, Posy sighs, “There’s nothing to do but bake.” Her friends seize on the idea, and the comforting culinary activity inspires a “good-pie” party to bid farewell (but not good-bye) to Posy’s friends and neighbors. Shifting skillfully between realistic expressions of lamentation, camaraderie, and love, Scanlon (All the World) sustains a positive vibe while giving full weight to how upset Posy is. Denton (A Birthday for Bear) is equally agile as frowns gradually give way to warm smiles. There’s a comforting realness to her ink-and-watercolor artwork—the girls look like real girls (and have real girls’ bodies), and the scenes include the accessible details of an ordinary house and neighborhood, from mismatched lawn chairs to tacky kitchen flooring, that make a place feel special. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"There is an unadorned grace that exudes from [Liz Garton Scanlon's] writing that can trick you into thinking that what she does is easy." -- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Few contemporary illustrators depict children with such understanding, grace, and quirky charm as Denton." -- Booklist

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Posy does not want to have to say good-bye to her two best friends when her family has to move. Her thoughts turn to everything she cannot do if she moves away. But, Posy’s friends, Megan and Mae, try to help out by telling Posy positive things. They mention counting their lucky stars because they are friends, making the most of the days they have left together, and having a special good-bye party. Posey nixes the party because they would have to say good-bye at a good-bye party. Instead they decide to spend time making a pie and that is when Posy comes up with a unique idea that makes the atmosphere more fun. She proposes a good-pie party. Her parents and friends agree with her and they send invitations to their friends of all ages. The party is a huge success with pizza pie, big and little pies, and fancy and plain pies of all flavors. After the party the girls realize it is closer to time when Posy will move, but they lie on the soft grass of evening and notice the full moon “pie” in the sky. Megan knows the moon is a pie they can share no matter where they are and they come away thinking they are all very lucky. This is a simple, yet fascinating tale of friendship and moving. All children will enjoy hearing it and it will help some when faced with a move away from their friends. The give and take of good friends plays out well and so does the idea of including all ages of people in a celebration. Soft-colored illustrations add balance to the text and the overall endearing message. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Posy Peyton is moving and is struggling with the inevitable separation from her best friends Megan and Mae. Posy sulks as the girls dismantle their clubhouse and is reluctant to follow the advice to cherish the time they have left. With everything but the kitchen packed, she impulsively decides to bake. Realizing that "Good pie is better than good-bye," she rallies the troops and invites friends and neighbors to come over, bring pie, and say, "so long." The pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings, soft in palette but with sharp angles and lines, illustrate the shifts in Posy's mood. This sweet, tender read is a good addition for those looking for books about moving.—Whitney LeBlanc, Staten Island Academy, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-04
Posy Peyton does not want to move away from her secret clubhouse, her books, her bird feeder or her friends. Instead of a goodbye party, she and her friends have a good-pie party. Since everything is packed up except the kitchen, the three girls make a pie. They then invite neighbors and friends to a party to say so long (not goodbye). When everyone arrives with pies in hand, Posy and her friends replace their sadness with the joy of pie, whipped cream and lemonade. Building a giant pyramid of smiling children helps too. The party might not make the sadness disappear, but it does allow the friends some time to adjust to the new reality. Scanlon's gentle, child's-eye view of a common challenge hits the right notes—the move will happen, but memories link people forever. Denton's gentle, muted watercolors get at the girls' emotions with angry scowls and somber faces and extend the spare text. The furnished house transforms into empty rooms with tan boxes and bare walls, letting readers know the inevitability of the move. The final spreads, showing the pie-shaped moon, is a reminder that these friends will always share these special memories. A must for every child who has to move away and for teachers and parents who want to help children through these times. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545448703
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,143,342
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of seven picture books, including HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUNNY!, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, and ALL THE WORLD by Marla Frazee, a Caldecott Honor Book. She lives in Austin, Texas. Please visit her website at www.lizgartonscanlon.com.

Kady MacDonald Denton has illustrated more than forty picture books, including the New York Times bestseller A VISITOR FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker, and A SECOND IS A HICCUP by Hazel Hutchins. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Please visit her website at www.kadymacdonalddenton.ca.

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