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Pie Is for Sharing Hardcover – Picture Book, May 15, 2018
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A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends.
Pie is for sharing.
It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?
Through the course of one memorable Fourth of July picnic, Stephanie Ledyard and Jason Chin take young readers through the ups and downs of sharing in this lovely picture book.
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*"This isn't a flag-waving Fourth of July story, but it can be read as a gentle yet firm call for American readers to reflect on and embrace the ideal of pluralism. An aspirational vision in which inclusivity is as American as (apple) pie."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"There’s an echo of Ruth Krauss in the sweetly quotidian take on sharing possibilities and of Liz Gar- ton Scanlon’s All the World (BCCB 10/09) in the jubilant and lyrical togetherness, with an added hat-tip to classic ways of celebrating America’s birthday with her twenty-first century residents."― Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
*"This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept―sharing― and makes it extraordinary."―The Horn Book, starred review
*"The best part, though, is the positive, inclusive representation of a loving community sharing a celebration, fun, and, of course, pie."―Booklist, starred review
"Young readers will enjoy being a part of this halcyon summer day of family, friendship, and fun. Perfect for a holiday storytime or for everyday sharing."―School, Library Journal
About the Author
Jason Chin is the author and artist of the award-winning book Redwoods, which Kirkus Reviews called, “An inventive eye-opening adventure.” His work also includes illustrations for Simon Winchester's The Day the World Exploded. He and his wife Deirdre, also an artist, live in Vermont.
- ASIN : 1626725624
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (May 15, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781626725621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626725621
- Reading age : 2 - 6 years
- Lexile measure : AD370L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.4 x 0.45 x 10.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #14 in Children's Independence Day Books
- #118 in Children's Non-religious Holiday Books
- #384 in Children's Values Books
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A few years ago, the author, Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, was watching her daughter bite into a scrumptious Minnesota home-made pie. Of course Stephanie asked for a taste, because “pie is for sharing.” And thus began the idea of a picture book about sharing. Not everything is for sharing. It’s hard to share a best friend, the best sitting branch on an apple tree, or the last chocolate chip cookie. But it’s special to share a hug, a song, a lap, a story.
For a peek into the thoughts of the illustrator and author, read the two excerpts below about how this original idea developed. For more insight, read the full interview in the Horn Book. So fun to read!
Here are my two favorite responses –
Illustrator Jason Chin: I had the idea early on to set the book in a park in Burlington, Vermont, where my family often has picnics with friends. We’re there in the pictures, and most of the other families in the book are close friends of ours. The idea of setting the story on the Fourth of July came later, but when I thought of it, I immediately knew that it was right. I wanted to make a statement that sharing is as American as apple pie (or in this case, cherry pie).
Author Stephanie Parsley Ledyard: I love what Jason did with the setting. I realized only gradually, over a period of months, that this was a July Fourth picnic. My first glimpses of the art were pencil sketches. Then much later, I got to see the full-color art via email. Finally, I printed it out on larger paper and saw all the red-white-and-blue details, and the flag on the house in the beginning, and I got it. (It takes me a while!) The Independence Day aspect has become a powerful part of the book to me — a reminder about the values of basic sharing and community in our country.
Launch date is this month for this picture book, a true slice of apple-pie America at its best. Order your copy of a first edition. You will be glad you did as you share with a young reader the many delicious surprises in Stephanie’s words and Jason’s images.