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"A" Was Once An Apple Pie Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; English Language edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439660564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439660563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"A was once an apple pie, / Pidy / Widy / Tidy / Pidy / Nice insidy / Apple pie." So begins Lear's alphabet, a beguiling collection of verses that stretch poetry, language and meaning but wisely opt for silliness instead of outright nonsense. The result is a rhythmic, lilting progression full of simple, childlike images and the sort of fanciful wordplay that children revel in. Lacome's ( Funny Business ; Hocus Pocus ) bright, bold illustrations are a happy match, containing hints of whimsy that complement without overpowering the playfulness of the rhymes. They have a clean, crisp, yet varied design and a quietly folksy feel. Ages 2-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–Lear's verse explored the outer limits of the English language in 1871. Now MacDonald uses her acute sense of design and whimsy to introduce another generation to Lear's work. Children will delight in the zany lyrics that, for full effect, should be read aloud and repeated by a young audience. The illustrations are folksy paper collages–think Eric Carle–with large, bright shapes. A perfect match for Lear's sheer daring, MacDonald's art sometimes spills across the margin of one page onto the next while making connections between one verse and the one on the opposing page. Opening the series of rhymes are A on one page, and B on the other; however, the illustration communicates something of both letters as a large Bear bends over to take a sniff of A's Apple Pie. The pictures communicate with one another and bring a new electricity and excitement to the gigglely, wigglely, gaity in which A was once an apple pie,/pidy, widy, tidy, pidy/nice insidy, apple pie! A must-have for highly spirited read-alouds.–Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Grammy used to read me this book every visit. I have searched for years to bring this delight to my own three boys. Encourages early reading and poetry lasts a life time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karyn W VINE VOICE on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the alphabet with lyrical poems for each letter and fun illustrations. Some choices for words won't be the best for children who don't read yet, like Lark for L (which looks like a bird and makes me think B) but the overall sing song nature of the text and lovely illustrations will engage many young readers and listeners.
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By Erica Lannan on September 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I checked out this book from the library and it was a HUGE hit with my son (just turned 2), so much so, that I am now going to buy the book. He thinks the rhyming is really funny and tries to repeat the rhymes after me for each letter. He literally giggles out loud when I read this book, and if I say "apple pie" he goes looking for the book. I agree that some of the picture/word selections don't make a lot of sense for beginning readers (such as lark and jay) though.
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