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A Was Once an Apple Pie

A Was Once an Apple Pie

by Edward Lear, Julie Lacome
     
 

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Edward Lear, the master of nonsense rhymes, creates an alphabet feast in twenty-six playful verses. An irresistibly illustrated introduction to the alphabet, A Was Once an Apple Pie entices children to have fun with language by playing with the sound and rhythm of words.

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Edward Lear, the master of nonsense rhymes, creates an alphabet feast in twenty-six playful verses. An irresistibly illustrated introduction to the alphabet, A Was Once an Apple Pie entices children to have fun with language by playing with the sound and rhythm of words.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``A was once an apple pie, / Pidy / Widy / Tidy / Pidy / Nice insidy / Apple pie.'' So begins Lear's alphabet, a beguiling collection of verses that stretch poetry, language and meaning but wisely opt for silliness instead of outright nonsense. The result is a rhythmic, lilting progression full of simple, childlike images and the sort of fanciful wordplay that children revel in. Lacome's ( Funny Business ; Hocus Pocus ) bright, bold illustrations are a happy match, containing hints of whimsy that complement without overpowering the playfulness of the rhymes. They have a clean, crisp, yet varied design and a quietly folksy feel. Ages 2-up. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
McDonald, whose Alphabatics earned a Caldecott Honor, runs the gamut from A to Z once again with assistance from the venerable and very silly Lear. "A was once an apple pie," muses Lear, alongside a portrait of a steaming, deep-dish delight, "pidy, widy, tidy, pidy,/ nice insidy, apple pie!" A bear sporting overalls stands over the pie with an expression of rapture on his face: "B was once a little bear,/ beary, wary, hairy, beary,/ taky cary, little bear!" Lear introduces a mostly animal cast (the exceptions, other than the pie, are a bottle of ink, a kite and a rose), and McDonald, working in painted cut paper, provides a lively crew. Her strong shapes (mostly set against white backgrounds), impressionistic detailing and the critters' exuberant expressions insure there are no shrinking violets among this menagerie. By varying character interaction and population among the spreads, she skillfully counterbalances the ruminative nature of the verse, injecting narrative drive into the poem. There's plenty of inspiration here for children just beginning to grasp the fun of wordplay. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Lear's verse explored the outer limits of the English language in 1871. Now MacDonald uses her acute sense of design and whimsy to introduce another generation to Lear's work. Children will delight in the zany lyrics that, for full effect, should be read aloud and repeated by a young audience. The illustrations are folksy paper collages-think Eric Carle-with large, bright shapes. A perfect match for Lear's sheer daring, MacDonald's art sometimes spills across the margin of one page onto the next while making connections between one verse and the one on the opposing page. Opening the series of rhymes are A on one page, and B on the other; however, the illustration communicates something of both letters as a large Bear bends over to take a sniff of A's Apple Pie. The pictures communicate with one another and bring a new electricity and excitement to the gigglely, wigglely, gaity in which "A was once an apple pie,/pidy, widy, tidy, pidy/nice insidy, apple pie!" A must-have for highly spirited read-alouds.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763601034
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/03/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.41(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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