Today is a special day.
Yes, it is Perfect Picture Book Friday, which is always special 🙂
But today is also my Brown Dog’s birthday!
Here she is when she was tiny:
And here she is now that she is 10!
She is the best Brown Brownie in the whole wide world – my loyal, devoted friend who has stayed by my side during some of the toughest times I’ve been through, warm and comforting and kind. I feel so lucky to have her. So we will celebrate her 10th birthday tonight with a party, complete with yellow cake with vanilla icing so she can have some 🙂 Happy Birthday, my faithful, loving friend!
I guess I should have chosen a Perfect Picture Book for today that was about birthdays or dogs or cake… I chose one about pie… that has a dog in it… (I mean the story has a dog in it, not the pie! 🙂 ) and ends with a party 🙂
Title: An Apple Pie For Dinner
Retold By: Susan VanHecke
Illustrated By: Carol Baicker-McKee
Two Lions (Amazon Children’s Publishing), August 2009, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 5-8
Themes/Topics: resourcefulness, kindness, persistence, folktale retelling
Opening: “One day, Old Granny Smith wanted an apple pie for dinner.
She looked around her cozy kitchen.
She had flour and butter.
She had sugar and spices.
But there was one thing she didn’t have.”
Brief Synopsis: Granny Smith wants to bake an apple pie, but she doesn’t have any apples. So she fills her basket with plums and sets out to see if she can trade. She swaps plums for feathers, feathers for flowers, flowers for a gold coin… but will she ever find her apples?
Links To Resources: Apple pie recipe at the back of the book; author notes about the retelling and illustrator notes about how the three-dimensional mixed media art was created are also included at the back of the book; An Apple Pie For Dinner dedicated website with related activities
Why I Like This Book: This story has such a cozy, friendly feel. Granny is so sweet. She goes along, patiently hoping to find apples for her pie, doing good for everyone she meets and making their days better even though time after time she fails to get the apples she needs. The story is cheerful and comes full circle to delicious ending 🙂 The mixed-media illustrations are delightful in their 3-D, stand-out-from-the-page, sunny, colorfulness. An all-around satisfying read complete with an apple pie recipe to try at home!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂