“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Tiny Pie

Book Tiny PieWritten by: Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman

Illustrated by: Edward Hemingway

Published by: Running Press Kids Imprint of Running Press Book Publ. May 2013

Ages:   4 – 8 years

Theme: there is something for everyone, you can do anything even if you’re tiny, fitting in.

Opening Lines: Once upon a night-time, there was a party on Elephant Lane. It was not a birthday party, a holiday party, or a tea party. It was a grown-up party-you know-for big people.

Synopsis: (on amazon) Little Ellie the elephant is the only kid at a grown-up party. No one is paying any attention to poor Ellie, and she can’t reach the food! Why must everything be for big people?

Then to Ellie’s surprise, she discovers a little chef mouse inside a hole in the wall, and he’s filming a cooking show! Ellie can see that his sharp senses are key ingredients for a successful tiny pie. Will this be the perfect snack that’s just her size?  As an added treat, Alice Waters has contributed a delicious tiny apple pie recipe perfect for little hands (and big appetites)!

Why I like it:   This adorable book so beautifully illustrated by Edward Hemingway is breath-taking. Wonderful illustrations are a feast for young eyes. Imagine a tiny cooking show filmed for tv going on inside the wall of your kitchen. When Ellie joins in with the cooking there is a party to be had and the mice take over the kitchen. What is even better is that Ellie gets to have a pie just the right size for her

Resources/Findings:   Edward Hemingway’s blog and artwork…   http://edward-hemingway.squarespace.com/

Mark’s website… http://www.markbaileywriter.com/

Some fun cooking ideas for kids…   http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/cooking-with-kids#.pwvWAG4aG

A great book written by one of my writing buddies – Vivian Kirkfield has wonderful craft and cooking recipes and reading choices for children – a winning resource to help build a child’s self-esteem…   http://www.amazon.com/Self-Esteem-Crafting-Positive-Parental-Participation/dp/0967014751

I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view.  So pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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22 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Oh, this looks absolutely irresistible. And what fun to have a bonus recipe!

  2. Sounds like the author really knows what draws kids in! A good find, and thanks for the info on Vivian’s book also. I look forward to checking them both out!

  3. Cooking is fun for everyone! Thanks for sharing this one-new to me!

  4. Love this author’s sense of what kids will find delightful and intriguing. Thanks for showcasing!

  5. Gabi Snyder says:

    The illustrations look sumptuous and inviting and I love that a kid-friendly recipe is included. Thanks for sharing!

  6. books4learning says:

    The pictures look adorable. The story sounds sweet. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. I love parties, cooking, and pie, so this sounds like a good picture book for me. And I’m lucky enough to have Vivian’s book, it truly is a gem!

  8. Love this book, and Edwards art – so rich and inspiring!

  9. Andrea Mack says:

    I love books about cooking! This one looks so sweet.

  10. Love that cover! What an adorable book. I love the elephant’s perspective.

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