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Pie in the Skyby Lois Ehlert
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Do pies grow on trees? Join a father and child as they watch over their backyard cherry tree--and all the colorful living things surrounding it--throughout the seasons. At the end of the summer, they harvest the cherries together and make a delicious pie for the whole family to enjoy.
This stunning new book from bestselling author Lois Ehlert features color concepts, backyard natural history, vibrant collage illustrations, and, best of all, a recipe for making cherry pie. Yum!
"Keenly aware of the cycles of the natural world, Ehlert (Waiting for Wings) focuses her eye for vibrant hues and her ear for fascinating rhythms on a cherry tree and its many fruitful characteristics. An unseen child narrator is dubious when Dad says that the large tree in the family's yard is 'a pie tree.' ('I've never seen pie growing on trees. Wouldn't that be something?') But as the seasons pass, the child observes a bustle of activity in the tree at every turn: honeybees buzz around flowery cherry blossoms, birds nest in the branches, caterpillars hatch from chrysalises — and, finally, the red fruit ripens, attracting birds and other al fresco diners ('It's a cherry feast!'). By book's end, Ehlert moves from the outdoors in, depicting how the family harvests and prepares the cherries for a luscious pie (measuring out ingredients, which add up to a complete recipe — except for the crust). In this clever blend of field guide, artist's notebook and cookbook, the author/illustrator creates a series of intriguing seek-and-find collages composed of rich acrylics and pastels, cut, handmade papers and, yes, real cherry tree branches. Throughout, an economy of words and the narrator's chipper tone keep Ehlert's vision on track. Extending the basic elements of the story, she challenges readers to locate various creatures or objects on each page, prompted by small type that follows the pattern, 'I see.... But no pie.' All in all, a delicious outing. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Get to know a pie tree in this new book from Lois Ehlert.
This stunning new book from the bestselling author features color concepts, backyard natural history, vibrant collage illustrations, and, best of all, a recipe for making cherry pie. Full color.
About the Author
LOIS EHLERT is the creator of many award-winning picture books about nature, including the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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