A Apple Pie
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Hardcover ISBN 0-8037-0252-3
British edition, Bodley Head
- Time Magazine…best books 1986
“…Pearson’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations do full justice to the madcap text. In this fold-out marvel, which can be read as a book or extended to its full 18-foot length, her bumptious children and the diminishing pie careen down a table which stretches from page to page until the empty pie pan arrives at the end, where waiting ‘Y yearned for it’…the clear colors, animated drawing, large type, and good humor will light up a wall.”
-Janet French, School Library Journal
"First, let’s talk about the fantastic endpapers, where Elephant, star of the show, contorts himself adorably into the shape of each letter of the alphabet, using his trunk to great advantage. Then, the story begins with the line, “The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it.”
"...Unassuming and straightforward, this is a whimsical introduction to the idea that letters make up words, with a gentle nudge toward emergent literacies."
"...Like all the best books, this one can be read on several levels, and kids ready for simple deciphering will enjoy Pearson’s anagrams."
"...A lighthearted picture book for story times about friendship, cooperation, or books."