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Potluck Hardcover – March, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; First Printing edition (March 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531059197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531059197
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Alpha and Betty have a potluck party for 31, and call up their friends. The children, in alphabetical order, bring a dish to match the initial letter of their name. Shelby sometimes makes the entire phrase alliterative, as in "Ben brought bagels," and occasionally throws in inconsistent words ("mounds and mounds of mashed potatoes" and "Victor ventured vegetarian stew"). The children represented are racially and ethnically diverse, and are frequently depicted in festive, colorful costumes. The bright watercolor cartoons range from serviceable to quite charming, depending on how vividly the individual child's personality is communicated. Because of its free approach with its own formula, and the lack of initial letters on the pages, this is not so much an ABC teaching tool as a cheerful book to enjoy. The pictures are large enough to use with a group and, although the text is not distinguished, the story will reinforce the concepts both of the alphabet, and of the variety of people in our world. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Pub . Lib .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Anne (Gabbard) Shelby was born in Berea, Kentucky, in 1948, and lives in rural Southeastern Kentucky, in a farmhouse that has been in her family for generations. She has published essays, newspaper columns, plays, songs, and children's books, among them an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, an American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade winner, a School Library Journal Best Book, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her collection of poems, Appalachian Studies, was a Kentucky Literary Award and Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year nominee.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leatha Comstock on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love the way the book incorperates the alphabet in the scheme of the children having a potluck. I also enjoyed the diversity of the children in the book. This book is fun!
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Love this story and it really motivated my students. Everyone brought a food beginning with the first letter in their name. We took pictures and made a class book.
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By Busy mom on October 30, 2013
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Used it in my Kindergarten room for a fall lesson on beginning sounds, it was a great book. Very happy with purchase!
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