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Once I Ate a Pie Hardcover – April 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060735317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060735319
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3 Free-verse poems about 14 individual dogs sprawl across oversize spreads accompanied by large oil illustrations. The poems and paintings together delightfully capture each distinct personality in few words and with broad strokes of the brush. The fonts change often and reflect the poet's words rising and falling, sometimes in bold type, growing larger and smaller and dancing over the pages. The format allows for plenty of white space, emphasizing the postures and personalities of the pups and helping the playful fonts to stand out. The overall result is an entertaining visit with some very appealing canines, and a book that perhaps could serve as an inspiration in the classroom for young poets trying to describe their own pets. One wishes that the breeds were listed somewhere, but all in all, this title is still a real treat. Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-4. Dogs of all sizes and shapes take center stage in this picture book by the authors and illustrator whose first collaboration, Painting the Wind (2003), also displayed an affinity for the canines among us. Each spread features a dog (or two or three) and a succinct poem written from the canine perspective. Presented in a variety of fonts and type sizes that reinforce the meaning of the words, the poems offer odes to the various pleasures of life--sleeping in the sun and chasing balls--many of which aren't limited to dogs. One animal offers a tribute to his own needle-shaped nose: "If something is closed, I open it. / If it is perfect, I tear it apart. / I love my work. / I love my nose." Dominated by multiple shades of brown and gray, the book's palette is not wildly colorful, but the paintings capture the individuality of each animal, as well as the mischief and movement young dog lovers find so irresistible. Abby Nolan
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More About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massachusetts.

In Her Own Words..."One thing I've learned with age and parenting is that life comes in circles. Recently, I was having a bad time writing. I felt disconnected. I had moved to a new home and didn't feel grounded. The house, the land was unfamiliar to me. There was no garden yet. Why had I sold my old comfortable 1793 home? The one with the snakes in the basement, mice everywhere, no closets. I would miss the cold winter air that came in through the electrical sockets."

"I had to go this day to talk to a fourth-grade class, and I banged around the house, complaining. Hard to believe, since I am so mild mannered and pleasant, isn't it? What did I have to say to them? I thought what I always think when I enter a room of children. What do I know?"

"I plunged down the hillside and into town, where a group of fourth-grade children waited for me in the library, freshly scrubbed, expectant. Should I be surprised that what usually happens did so? We began to talk about place, our living landscapes. And I showed them my little bag of prairie dirt from where I was born. Quite simply, we never got off the subject of place. Should I have been so surprised that these young children were so concerned with place, or with the lack of it, their displacement? Five children were foster children, disconnected from their homes. One little boy's house had burned down, everything gone. 'Photographs, too,' he said sadly. Another told me that he was moving the next day to place he'd never been. I turned and saw the librarian, tears coming down her face."

"'You know,' I said. 'Maybe I should take this bag of prairie dirt and toss it into my new yard. I'll never live on the prairie again. I live here now. The two places could mix together that way!' 'No!' cried a boy from the back. 'Maybe the prairie dirt will blow away!' And then a little girl raised her hand. 'I think you should put that prairie dirt in a glass bowl in your window so that when you write you can see it all the time. So you can always see what you knew first.'"

"When I left the library, I went home to write. What You Know First owes much to the children of the Jackson Street School: the ones who love place and will never leave it, the ones who lost everything and have to begin again. I hope for them life comes in circles, too."

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I use it as a read aloud for grades K - 5.
Peter Styx
The illustrations are both heartwarming and beautiful and capture the essence of each dog poem.
Leslie Solomon
This is a wonderful book for a dog lover of any age, from a child to an adult.
Karen M. Amatrudo

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Bryant on February 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The words and pictures in this book are beautiful. This isn't a story book, there is no story. It's more like poetry. In reading this to kindergarten and Pre-K, the kids don't appreciate the words as much as the pictures. The words are more for older children and adults, or people who will definitely appreciate and understand "puppyness".

The pictures are for everyone. It's fun to guess the different dog breeds, which are painted as sweet puppies. One puppy is rolling over, one puppy is dressed in a raincoat. I'm a sucker for German shepherd puppies, and this illustrator captured the floppy ears and big paws while the author captured the "shepherdness" of a herding dog.

If you do love dog books and illustrations, you will not regret owning this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. SOWERS on August 20, 2006
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Along with Carl & Biscuit the dogs in this book are just too special to ignore. I currently work in the children's Dept. of a bookstore chain(& love dogs). When this title came in I had to look read it and make my co-workers look at it too. I have also noticed that it gets moved around quite a bit so people must be interested enough by the cover & subject to pick it up and look through it. When it comes out in 'paperback' it will fly off the shelves. It is just beautiful and so accurate for pups personalities. Love the 'poetry' rather than story line. I have told my people friends about what a cool book it is. It should be sold in pet stores & grooming shops and recommended by Veternarians etc. I'd like to see it sold in the 'pets' section of the store as well. A big THANK YOU to Patricia MacLachlan for this heartwarming collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Solomon on June 3, 2006
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The illustrations are both heartwarming and beautiful and capture the essence of each dog poem. Dog owners are sure to connect personality traits of their own pet to almost all of the poems. Each one, written in first person or, rather first dog. offers at least one craft element to support teaching young writers. Craft elements include font size, questioning, dialogue, use of space, voice of the poet, patterns in poetry and even a poem for two voices. I love it! The ONLY thing missing is a reference to the dog breeds illustrated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Tremains on December 26, 2007
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This book is wonderful. My girls, ages 3 & 7, first borrowed this book from the library. The illustrations were very charming. The words were simple enough for my 2nd grader, but entertaining enough to keep my attention. Each poem is written from the view point of a different dog, which made reading aloud a joy. We created different voices and characters for each poem. The girls hated returning this book to the library and asked if we could get our own copy. Any book which gets my 7 year old to request it and want to read is 5 stars by me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hanson on July 4, 2007
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My daughter loves dogs and the pictures are realistic paintings that are beautiful. Another plus about this book is that it is amusing enough for me that I can read it over and over again when my daughter insists. It is hilarious to adults who love dog breeds because the poems are spot-on with breed characteristics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annushka on February 8, 2007
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This is one of the best children's books to come out in a long time. I gave them as gifts to several people - some adults - and they all loved them. Both the author and the illustrator know dogs & what they would say if they could!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shilman on January 18, 2007
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A wonderful book for all ages. If your children like dogs they'll be thrilled with every page.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Heaphy on March 28, 2009
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I came across this book in a used book store and it has become an absolute favorite for all my preschool classes. It manages to infuse the humor, warmth, and personality of each dog into an easy to read poetic text. The font changes and the varying format for the text (from rolling across the page to short staccato sentences), as well as the dogs names, easily invites each dog to be read in a different voice. Even tho the dog breeds may not be named, the beautiful paintings make identification easy. If your personal favorite is in this story, I promise you will recognize his/her personality in the text, as I did with the German Shephard who checks on his people, even when in the bathroom!
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