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Blackberry Banquet
ISBN: 9781934359709
Author: Pierce, Terry/ Downey, Lisa (ILT)/ McLennan, Conni
Publisher: Arbordale Pub
Published: May 2008
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
Library of Congress Subjects:
Blackberries; Fiction.
Food chains (Ecology); Fiction.
Forest animals; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2008017610
Lexile Measure: 680
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
Target Age Group: Age 7-8
Target Grade: Grade 2-3
Grade level: Grade 2-3
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 8.75" W
Lexile Level: 680
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary, Animals
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q44261
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Mmm-mm Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.

Contributor Bio(s): Terry Pierce (Blackberry Banquet) is the author of sixteen children’s books, including picture books, easy readers, joke books, and non-fiction. Terry now writes full-time, teaches children’s writing workshops and is a visiting author at elementary schools. She also proudly serves on the Ventura/Santa Barbara regional board of the SCBWI. Terry was inspired to write Blackberry Banquet by her son (now grown) and their berry-picking family vacations in Oregon. Even though he hated bees (which frequented the blackberry bushes), he knew the lessons of The Little Red Hen and would help her to pick berries anyway. Terry lives in the high desert of California with her husband of thirty years, one goldfish, and a brown bobtailed cat.Lisa Downey is a freelance artist and graphic designer. A former art teacher, Lisa also attended FIT in New York, where she studied advertising and packaging design and later taught introductory packaging design classes. “Illustration has always been just under the surface in my career as a designer. I gained valuable skills working in packaging design firms; but the six year old inside was just itching to jump out and run all over the drawing board,” says Lisa. Her styles range from cartoonish to very representational. Her favorite medium is pastels. In addition to illustrating Blackberry Banquet, Lisa also illustrated Julie the Rockhound and Happy Birthday to Whooo? for Sylvan Dell. She lives in the SC Lowcountry, with her very supportive husband, Len, and their cats; Pom Pom and Ophelia.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 September)

K-Gr 3— A mouse, bluebird, squirrel, fox, and deer are all enjoying blackberries until Bear stops by for his share of the fruit. All scatter in fear, except the bluebird, who swoops in and takes the last berry right off the bear's paw. The rhyming text and repetition make this an enjoyable read-aloud: "Squirrel skips into the brambles thick./That snacking squirrel gives a great big lick./Slurp! Mmm-mm!/Tweet! Mmm-mm!/Squeak! Mmm-mm! " The illustrations give the fairly realistic animals great facial expressions that work perfectly with the text. The surprise they show when the bear arrives is a comic delight. An especially nice touch is the berry stains on all the faces—except poor Bear's. The last four pages, "For Creative Minds," offer information on blackberries, the food chain, native and nonnative plants, how plants and animals help each other, and a smoothie recipe. This section is for a variety of ages and can easily be modified to fit a specific grade level.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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