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Pie is for sharing
First edition.
New York, NY : Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership, 2018.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"A Neal Porter book."
You're invited to a glorious Fourth of July picnic where you'll learn all about sharing, the good things along with the bad.

Pie is for sharing. It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A book? A tree? What about time? You're invited to a glorious Fourth of July picnic, where you'll learn all about sharing, the good things along with the bad, courtesy of Stephanie Parsley Ledyard's deft, lilting text and Jason Chin's vivid illustrations. -- From dust jacket.
Reading Level:

570 Lexile.

AD370L Lexile

Structure indicator: 80 (high) Syntactic indicator: 40 (medium) Semantic indicator: 60 (medium) Decoding indicator: 50 (medium) Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 1.7 0.5.
Added Author:
Electronic Access:
Lexile website https://fab.lexile.com/book/details/9781626725621/


Call Number
JP Ledyard

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A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends.Pie is for sharing.It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?Through the course of one memorable Fourth of July picnic, Stephanie Ledyard and Jason Chin take young readers through the ups and downs of sharing in this lovely picture book.

Author Notes

Stephanie Ledyard is an author, poet, and teacher. Pie Is for Sharing is her debut picture book. She grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, but now lives in Dallas.Jason Chin is the award-winning author of Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Gravity, and Island: A Story of the Galápagos, which was named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed Water is Water by Miranda Paul. His most recent book Grand Canyon received five starred reviews. Jason lives with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their two children in Burlington, Vermont. Visit him online at jasonchin.net

Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Set against the verdant backdrop of a Fourth of July picnic, this effervescent picture book extols the glories of sharing. Chin's watercolor-and-gouache paintings depict a diverse group of families gathering at a woodsy lakeside setting in order to sample treats, play games, and explore nature. A boy, his little sister, their parents, and a black lab serve as unnamed protagonists. After riding their bikes to the picnic site, the boy happily dishes out a yummy-looking lattice-topped treat: "Pie is for sharing. It starts out whole and round. Then.you can slice it into as many pieces as you wish. Almost" (the last word is paired with an image of his disappointed sister with empty plate). What else can be shared? A tree (among many children frolicking in its branches), a jump rope (and "your place in the middle"), "time" (playing on the beach), "words and music" (enthusiastically sung into a banana), and more, culminating with fireworks in the night sky. Filled with details and motion, the winsome illustrations expand upon the playful text while creating an engaging visual story line for the featured characters. Ultimately, the best thing to share is a lovely sense of community. VERDICT Young readers will enjoy being a part of this halcyon summer day of family, friendship, and fun. Perfect for a holiday storytime or for everyday sharing.-Joy Fleishhacker, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A group gathers at a grassy riverfront park for leisurely Fourth of July festivities. The story begins with a focus on the pie that a family brings: "It starts out whole/ and round. Then... you can slice it/ into as many pieces/ as you wish./ Almost." But the day calls for sharing beyond pie- "A book is for sharing./ A ball is nice for sharing, too./ And a tree?/ A tree is always shared," Ledyard writes. In watercolor and gouache, Chin illustrates scenes brushed with gentle, lemony light as realistically expressive children jump rope, splash in the water, build sand castles, and explore. At dusk, everyone settles in to enjoy a fireworks display ("And a blanket?/ A breeze?/ The sky?/ These are for sharing.") and a second berry pie. This is a visceral celebration of summertime, community, and open-ended play. Ages 2-6. Author's agent: Alexandra Penfold, Upstart Crow Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept?sharingand makes it extraordinary. A boy and his family bike to a lakeside picnic, bearing several homemade pies. Then the text begins: Pie is for sharing. Turning the pages, we are introduced to more shareable things, such as jump ropes and books; and things shared less tangibly, such as rhymes and time. As Ledyards text (simple and child-focused, with overtones of A Hole Is to Dig) continues to muse on the nature of sharing, Chins detailed watercolor and gouache pictures take us through the sunny day at the lake, mostly centering on the experiences of the boy and his little sister but expanding to include a host of others. Kids climb trees, build sandcastles, throw sticks for the dog; the little sister scrapes her knee and requires a hug and multiple, creatively applied bandages. (Yes, theres humor in these tender illustrations.) Shadows lengthen, and the reader begins to realize that this picnic isnt a random event: its a Fourth of July celebration. As the community gathers on blankets, ready to watch the fireworks, Chin zeroes in on the faces, and as different as they are from one anothera true diversity of races and genders and agesthey share the same rapt expression. Many can share one light, says the text, poignantly. And a blanket? A breeze? The sky? These are for sharing. martha v. Parravano (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A delectable, festive celebration of pluralistic community. Frontmatter illustrations depict a white mother and Asian father with their two biracial children. They are packing up pies to share at a lakeside picnic, which takes place in a setting that seems based on Lake Champlain in northern Vermont, where Chin and his family reside (as revealed in the illustrator bio). The possibly autobiographical illustrative elements are nowhere dictated by Ledyard's spare, poetic text, but they may explain the powerful sense of community and affection that defines each spread as the central family interacts with a multiracial cast of characters with diverse skin tones and hair textures. They share pie, yes, but also a book, a ball, a climbing tree, a jump-rope, and then intangibles such as time, stories, words and music, and so on. The culminating illustration shows the assembled crowd gazing at fireworks, which may make readers recall subtle red-white-and-blue plates and picnic blanket. "And a blanket? A breeze? The sky? These are for sharing. // Just like pie" reads the closing text. This isn't a flag-waving Fourth of July story, but it can be read as a gentle yet firm call for American readers to reflect on and embrace the ideal of pluralism. An aspirational vision in which inclusivity is as American as (apple) pie. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* An idyllic lakeside picnic provides the backdrop for exploring the concept of sharing in this charmingly illustrated, lyrical picture book. In the opening pages, a family packs up pies and then heads out on bicycles to join other families at the shoreline, where the text begins. Pie is for sharing, Ledyard writes, and the following page shows children gazing hungrily at a cherry-red pie. Sharing food is easy to visualize, and Ledyard and Chin demonstrate many more ways to share in the subsequent pages, many of which will be familiar. For example, A book is for sharing, as kids read together. So are a ball, a tree to climb in, building sandcastles, and as the day darkens, sparklers under moonlight and fireworks. Chin's realistic and detailed watercolor illustrations beautifully capture the lively setting and carefree families, diverse in skin tone, hair color, and body types, as well as some gentle visual humor. Ledyard movingly gets to the heart of sharing and community in her succinct text, which encompasses not only concrete things to share but also broader notions, such as sharing a tree with a bird, or time with friends. While the book doesn't specifically name Independence Day, readers will easily spot American flags and red-white-and-blue accessories throughout. The best part, though, is the positive, inclusive representation of a loving community sharing a celebration, fun, and, of course, pie.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2018 Booklist

New York Review of Books Review

Young children will delight in these sweetly charming summertime picture books. SMILEY'S DREAM BOOK Written and illustrated by Jeff Smith Smith's capacious imagination takes flight, literally, in this picture book starring the happy-go-lucky, slightly dim Smiley Bone from the iconic Bone graphic novel series. Smiley takes a walk in the woods, counting the birds he sees, and finds himself flying, too. There's a suspenseful turn, and a surprise ending when he wakes and realizes it was all a dream. If you plan to steer a child toward the Bone books later (and you should!), this is a terrific introduction to a world full of wonder and unexpected rewards. 32 pp. Scholastic. $17.99. (Ages 2 to 6) THE SANDCASTLE THAT LOLA BUILT By Megan Maynor. Illustrated by Kate Berube. The joys of a day at the beach - along with those inevitable moments of frustration, too - are packed into this story of a girl building a sandcastle. There's a "dude with a Frisbee" who at first steps right on it, then helps fix it. There's a little guy with a bulldozer and a girl from Minnesota who end up helping, too. There's the wave that wipes their masterpiece away, and then the sweet moment of realizing they've formed a spontaneous "we" and can start building again. Berube's delightful paintand-collage illustrations capture an easy, playful beach mood, with a hint of mystery in the ocean and sky. 32 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $17.99. (Ages 2 to 6) DUDE! By Aaron Reynolds. Illustrated by Dan Santat. So much action and humor, so few words - just one, in fact (see the title), written in capitals or lowercase, in speech bubbles, or streeeeetched out. Expressed in the cheerfully bonkers illustrations by Santat, a Caldecott medalist, "Dude!" tells the story of a platypus and a beaver who go surfing together and meet a shark. A friendly one, it turns out, who wants to catch some waves with them: "Dude...?" he offers when they meet. More than half the fun, of course, is in reading this book out loud. Be ready for even the youngest kids to "read" it, too. 40 pp. Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. $17.99. (Ages 4 to 8) PIE IS FOR SHARING By Stephanie Parsley Ledyard. Illustrated by Jason Chin. A book about sharing doesn't sound like much fun, but this one takes all the sting out. Ledyard's spare text is a poetic ode to things that are easy to share (a ball, a climbing tree, a story, a hideout), with an acknowledgment of one that's hard (a best friend). Chin's sublime watercolor and gouache illustrations, a master class in visual storytelling, follow a group of family and friends on a daylong picnic near the beach. Once the sun starts setting it's clear this is the Fourth of July, adding even greater resonance - a nation is, after all, above all a shared idea. 40 pp. Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. $17.99. (Ages 2 to 6) 40 pp. Candlewick. $16.99. (Ages 3 to 7) GOLDFISH ON VACATION By Sally Lloyd-Jones. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Enjoying summer in the city requires ingenuity, as this entertaining tale - based on reallife events - shows. Three siblings glumly pass time in their hot Manhattan apartment until the broken fountain down the street gets cleaned up and a sign suddenly appears on it, inviting goldfish to take a vacation. A neighborhood hangout is born, as all the residents stop by to visit their fish. Espinosa's sunny illustrations are a visual party. The only downer, we learn in a note, is that once the fountain was fixed for good, the goldfish summer vacations ended. 40 pp. Schwartz & Wade/Random House. $16.99. (Ages 4 to 8) SUN Written and illustrated by Sam Usher "Rain" and "Snow" came first in this series of stories about a boy who's stuck at home with his grandpa in all kinds of weather. Now it's a scorching summer day, and as in the previous books, the delicately handled subtext is that it takes patience and imagination to navigate the generational divide and get through the long hours. The pair "gather their provisions" and go for a walk, which the boy pictures as crossing the desert. Then they stop at a pirate's cove, picnicking with a merry band of buccaneers. Usher's jaunty visual style is a mash-up of two British greats, Quentin Blake and John Burningham. SAFFRON ICE CREAM Written and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh When a little girl named Rashin is on her way to the beach in Brooklyn for the first time, she remembers what it was like to go to the beach when her family lived in Iran, where the men's and women's sections were strictly separated (severe-looking burka-clad ladies patrol) and saffron ice cream was her favorite treat. With her colorful, exuberant folk-art illustrations and upbeat, friendly tone, Rashin makes a daunting cross-cultural leap seem as easy as a summer breeze. 40 pp. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. $17.99. (Ages 4 to 8) THE GRAND EXPEDITION Written and illustrated by Emma Adbage There are those (like me) who feel that "camping out" in the backyard is a high point of childhood adventure, and this adorable book from Sweden confirms it. Two small siblings inform their dad of their plans, and after gathering their supplies they pitch a tent and hunker down. No, they don't make it through the whole night out there, but does that even matter? With winsome mixedmedia illustrations that capture all the most telling details, and a fine-tuned ear for the way kids think and talk, Adbage understands the fun that can be found in a child's everyday reality. 40 pp. Enchanted Lion. $16.95. (Ages 4 to 8) maria russo is the children's books editor of the Book Review.