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The Resource A was once an apple pie, adapted and illustrated by Suse MacDonald [from the poem by Edward Lear]

A was once an apple pie, adapted and illustrated by Suse MacDonald [from the poem by Edward Lear]

Label
A was once an apple pie
Title
A was once an apple pie
Statement of responsibility
adapted and illustrated by Suse MacDonald [from the poem by Edward Lear]
Title variation
Edward Lear's A was once an apple pie
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A collection of twenty-six nonsense rhymes, one for each letter of the alphabet
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 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 --Teresa Pfeifer (Reviewed August 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 8, p99)
  • McDonald, whose Alphabatics earned a Caldecott Honor, runs the gamut from A to Z once again with assistance from the venerable and very silly Lear. "A was once an apple pie," muses Lear, alongside a portrait of a steaming, deep-dish delight, "pidy, widy, tidy, pidy,/ nice insidy, apple pie!" A bear sporting overalls stands over the pie with an expression of rapture on his face: "B was once a little bear,/ beary, wary, hairy, beary,/ taky cary, little bear!" Lear introduces a mostly animal cast (the exceptions, other than the pie, are a bottle of ink, a kite and a rose), and McDonald, working in painted cut paper, provides a lively crew. Her strong shapes (mostly set against white backgrounds), impressionistic detailing and the critters' exuberant expressions insure there are no shrinking violets among this menagerie. By varying character interaction and population among the spreads, she skillfully counterbalances the ruminative nature of the verse, injecting narrative drive into the poem. There's plenty of inspiration here for children just beginning to grasp the fun of wordplay. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 15, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 32, p56)
  • MacDonald gives Lear's 1871 collection of 26 nonsense rhymes a fresh take in this fun-filled alphabetical frolic. Hilarious, tongue-twisting rhymes lend themselves to wild interpretation and repetition. "A was once an apple pie, pidy, widy, tidy, pidy, nice insidy, apple pie!" is followed by "B was once a little bear, beary, wary, hairy, beary, taky cary, little bear!" Colorful, simple hand-painted cut-paper illustrations on a clean white backdrop ground the rhymes, providing visual links from one to the other. The wary, hairy little bear from the letter B curiously peers down at a tidy, "nice insidy" apple pie from the letter A. A blue jay from the letter J, a kite from the letter K, and a lark from the letter L aerially interact in one double-page spread, while the hefty ox from the letter X and the pack-carrying yak from the letter Y meet along the road in another. Action-packed antics and whimsical verses guarantee an upbeat trip from A to Z. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
138665
Cataloging source
DLC
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MacDonald, Suse
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1812-1888
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Lear, Edward
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True
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  • Alphabet rhymes
  • Children's poetry, American
  • English poetry
  • Nonsense verses
  • Alphabet
  • Alphabet rhymes
  • Children's poetry, American
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A was once an apple pie, adapted and illustrated by Suse MacDonald [from the poem by Edward Lear]
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1203/2004025683-d.html
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Copyright
Note
"Orchard Books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439660563
Lccn
2004025683
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm56913435
  • (OCoLC)56913435
  • 118890
Label
A was once an apple pie, adapted and illustrated by Suse MacDonald [from the poem by Edward Lear]
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1203/2004025683-d.html
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Orchard Books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439660563
Lccn
2004025683
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm56913435
  • (OCoLC)56913435
  • 118890

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