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Blueberry Pie Elf Hardcover – December 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Purple House Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930900384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930900387
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Thayer wrote "The Blueberry Pie Elf," now out in a facsimile edition just in time for holiday reading round the fireplace with the little ones.

In this endearing book, Elmer, an impish, wee elf, gets into the blueberry pie and simply swoons with delight till his tummy swells with excess. It is so sweet, so tasty and so tantalizing, the berries bursting in his mouth with joyous abandon.

Elmer is weak with desire to awaken the next day and have another sampling. But the universe is against him -- the family whose home he lives in has polished off the pie for breakfast. Drat!

In a house full of bakers, another pie is in the offing the following week. Elmer thinks perhaps the people are going to make another blueberry pie. Yum, the elf is in heaven with anticipation; that is, until he gets a whiff of apples. An apple pie, double drat! How can he get across to the family that they must make a blueberry pie, the savory sweet he lusts after?

Being an invisible creature, Elmer sets out on a course of action. He will do chores around the house to win the affection of the family. He will make the beds, tend the dishes and simply do whatever needs be done to get their attention.

Alas, his household doings are appreciated but the family still has no clue as to his existence, nor for that matter, his desire for a blueberry pie. Oh, if only he hadn't sneaked into the pie the other day and fallen in love with the scrumptious concoction. The antics that follow are sweet frolics that tempt the imagination and bring back memories of youthful schemes.

In this small book there are large ideas that touch on innovation, creativity, sensitivity and even manners. It is a delightful little tale that is fanciful and engaging in its innocence and simplicity, capturing readers of all ages -- which is perhaps the reason it has been resuscitated at this time. Seymour Fleishman -- who collaborated on other books by Woolley, including the "Gus the Friendly Ghost" series -- illustrates the book. With a sense of humor Fleishman has created a petite elf with choppy hair, a long nose and toothpick legs -- a creature that will win your heart with his earnest antics. The artwork coupled with the story makes a delightful marriage of spirit, hope and imagination. --Provincetown Banner, December 27, 2008

"The Blueberry Pie Elf" is a charming, manners morality fable about an elf named Elmer who loves blueberry pie. How he tries to persuade the family he lives with to make him another blueberry pie occupies a great deal of hard housework task performance, but the humans fail to notice Elmer's efforts until they see his red cherry pie stained footprints on their table. Finally Elmer has found a way to communicate his wish for blueberry pie to his people! Fortunately they take the hint and reward his hard housework duties with a large, luscious blueberry pie. Elmer remembers to leave his sincere thanks in blueberry pie juice letters. The red, white, blue and black ink of the illustrations add to the piquance of "The Blueberry Pie Elf," making this appealing book a winner for children age 4 and up. --Midwest Book Review, July, 20, 2010

About the Author

Jane Thayer was the pen name of Catherine Woolley. She was a prolific author, writing more than eighty books for children. Her first book, I Like Trains, was published in 1944 and her last children's book was released in 1989. Woolley was born in Chicago in 1904; she died in Truro, MA in 2005.

Seymour Fleishman illustrated over fifty books for children between 1953 and 1989, collaborating with Catherine Woolley on several books, including The Blueberry Pie Elf and the Gus the Friendly Ghost series. He has two children, two grandchildren and lives in Chicago.

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I highly recommend it for children.
mama zacapa
This is a story about Elmer, an elf, who lives with a family and is thrilled when he tastes a bit of their blueberry pie one night.
Clarinetspieler
Great story & illustration is beautiful.
John Vieira

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Did you know that elves may like one kind of pie and not another? Elmer is a little elf who lives with a human family. Of course, no one knows that he is there because no one can see an elf, and no one can hear an elf, and no one can feel an elf. One day the family makes a blueberry pie, and when Elmer tastes what is left over, he jumps right in and eats until his elfin stomach bulges. He wants another one right away, but he has no way of letting the family know. He does not like apple pie. He does not like pumpkin pie. He does not like cherry pie. But the cherry pie gives him an idea. Will he ever find a way to tell the people that he wants blueberry pie? And will they make him one?

This book, originally published in 1961 by Jane Thayer, the pen name of Catherine Woolly, is representative of the high quality stories that were written for young children in the 1940s, 50s, and early 60's. It is a shame that so many of them have been forgotten, and we can be thankful to Purple House Press for making several of them available again for the delight of youngsters today. Not only is The Blueberry Pie Elf a fun read, but it also exemplifies the importance of being helpful, expressing thanks, and in general having good manners. Seymour Fleishman's muted but picturesque illustrations add so much to the action. Kids of all ages, and the adults who read to them, will really enjoy this wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Vieira on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When i was in grade 3, i remember taking it out from the library, it became a fast favorite, its been in my heart & mind for almost 30 some years, and now at 40 years old i bought myself a copy from Amazon so that my [...] son can enjoy the same magic. This was & still is a very simple yet wonderful story that brings me back to that era. Great story & illustration is beautiful. Thank you, Jane Thayer. Thank you, Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mama zacapa on December 8, 2012
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This story is timeless. It still holds the charm and magic it did when originally written. I highly recommend it for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Johnson on January 25, 2012
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I don't remember where or when I bought a Parent's Book Club copy of "The Blueberry Pie Elf", but all of our four girls have loved that book with the soft pastel colors and the story line of the little elf who craved blueberry pie so much that he worked hard all around his people's home until they finally noticed. You see, nobody can see an elf, hear an elf, or feel an elf, so only his footprints.... I can't give away the rest of the story.
We read it so frequently to our girls and then to our oldest grandson who also loved it that the dust jacket tore, and the book was getting really worn. When I realized that it had been republished exactly as the original, I bought five copies, enough for all four of our girls and one for me. Now all five of our grandchildren will have the joy of knowing Elmer, "The Blueberry Pie Elf"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 20, 2010
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"The Blueberry Pie Elf" is a charming, manners morality fable about an elf named Elmer who loves blueberry pie. How he tries to persuade the family he lives with to make him another blueberry pie occupies a great deal of hard housework task performance, but the humans fail to notice Elmer's efforts until they see his red cherry pi stained footprints on their table. Finally Elmer has found a way to communicate his wish for blueberry pie to his people! Fortunately they take the hint and reward his hard housework duties with a large, luscious blueberry pie. Elmer remembers to leave his sincere thanks in blueberry pie juice letters. The red, white, blue and black ink of the illustrations add to the piquance of "The Blueberry Pie Elf," making this appealing book a winner for children age 4 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne K. Endres on September 24, 2009
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This was my favorite book as a child. It got too expensive to buy a copy because it was out of print and apparently lots of people's favorite book! But now that it's reprinted, I am happy to get a new copy that has the exact same illustrations and even the same dust jacket as the original! Perfect!

It's the story of a sweet elf who lives with a family and does things to help them, but since no one can see an elf and no one can hear an elf, they don't know it. Then they make a wonderful blueberry pie that he samples, and he is so happy! But after that, no more blueberry pie. He does lots of things to try and get them to make a blueberry pie, but nothing helps until...read it and see!

Adorable vintage illustrations and good manners taught to children with humor and fun on every page.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clarinetspieler on February 5, 2009
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This used to be one of my favorite books as a child, but as I grew older my mom passed it on to my younger cousins. Every now and then I searched online to see if I could find it, but the only edition available had a new illustrator and I wanted the one I remembered. I'm so glad they decided to re-publish it. This is a story about Elmer, an elf, who lives with a family and is thrilled when he tastes a bit of their blueberry pie one night. He does all sorts of chores to help them out around the house, hoping they'll notice they have an elf around, and in the end figures out an ingenious way to let them know what he wants. The pictures are enchanting and it's a fun story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Downey on December 21, 2008
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Great book..fast delivery. I've been looking for this book for a long time and am thrilled to have it. I'm a nursery school teacher and the children really love this story. I always had to borrow it from the library. I'm thrilled to finally own my own copy!!
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