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Pickle-Chiffon Pie Hardcover – November 15, 2004
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About the Author
Bradfield was born in White Bear, Minnesota, in 1924. He launched his career with the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then spent several years working in England and France, where he did humorous illustrations for Punch and Good Housekeeping magazines. He returned to the U.S. and opened his own commercial art studio in 1953. Among the many awards garnered at this stage of his career was the prestigious National Fashion Academy Gold Medal for his work in package design.
A successful creator of children's books, he has won awards for his writing and illustration in this field and has had his books chosen as Junior Literary Guild selections. Bradfield is perhaps best-known for writing and illustrating the comic strip Dooley's World, which was syndicated world-wide by King Features.
Upon retiring in 1988, Bradfield has been able to spend a great deal of time painting - mostly in watercolor. Since then he has sketched in Greece, Norway, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Mexico, gathering subjects for his paintings. He says, "When someone looks at one of my paintings I want them to get the impression that I had fun doing it and that I did it almost without effort. That's really the hardest part - making it look easy.
When asked of what he was most proud Bradfield answered easily, "My kids. There are five of them and they are all happy, successful and well-adjusted. More importantly, they love one another...and each has found a wonderful mate." When asked what he valued the most in life, he replied, "Same answer - my kids...along with my wife, Joan. I have absolutely no doubt that she is the sweetest, most agreeable person in the world."
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Top Customer Reviews
So what makes this the perfect book? Firstly, it flawlessly follows the immutable Fairy Tale Law of Three giving it that well-grounded solidity found in generations of three aspirants/sisters/brothers/ogres/bears/billy goats gruff, three encounters, three days, three chances, etc. Secondly, it is a rich and engaging story without being wordy or trendy. But thirdly, there's the sense of rightness, of contentment at the state of a well-run world, the desire to go whisking off to that happy kingdom as the last page is regretfully turned. Also, there's pie.
(After wondering for years what a Pickle Chiffon Pie actually tastes like and being prodded by questions from my own children, I conducted extensive research. I found that Pickle Chiffon Pie tastes mysteriously JUST LIKE a green-tinted lemon meringue pie. My children, their classmates, and I were pleased.)
This is the first book I ever read. I was 6 when my sister bought it for me, and now my son reads it. It is 'a story of kindness and consideration for others'...something that has endured throughout the generations.
Such a great story to remind us all about respect for others and that looks aren't everything when you have kindness in your heart.
I highly reccommend reading this even if you are an adult. Enjoy!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this story. My kids adore the book. It is strange and different but in the best way. It is very fun and has a great message.Published 1 day ago by Caligirl
The tale is a superior young child's fable. No weaknesses and all the elements of good writing, story telling and illustrating. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Persop
This is a book my mom bought in germany before I was born. The book was so loved by me and my siblings that it has gallen apart. I was so excited to see that it's available online!Published 2 months ago by Brooksby
This is one of my favorite childhood books. A story about princes, princesses, true love, bravery, selflessness, and of course pie! How could this book get any better? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Reviewer
How can you not love this book? It's been reprinted so many times for a reason :)Published 6 months ago by Jane Doe
I had this book read to me as a child. I bought it for my kids, my daughter has sentimental issues. I had to purchase another one for my step-daughter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeanie Reich
I grew up with this book. This was everyone's favorite book at my Grandma's house. So glad to see it is still in print!!Published 7 months ago by Shannon W
I can't believe that I have never read this book before now and I'm in my 40"s. My kids love it and it is sure to be a classic in our house now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by happyday