Item description for Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce & Lisa Downey...
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. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: -Blackberry Fun Facts -How we eat blackberries (with smoothie recipe) -Plants are the bottom of the food chain -Plants and Animals -How do animals help plants? -Are plants always good?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 9" Height: 10" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date May 13, 2008
Publisher Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN 1934359289 ISBN13 9781934359280
Availability 0 units.
More About Terry Pierce & Lisa Downey
Terry Pierce is the author of over twenty children's books, including picture books, easy readers, joke books, and non-fiction. A former Montessori teacher, she now writes full-time, teaches children's writing workshops, and is a visiting author at elementary schools. She also proudly serves on the board of her regional SCBWI. She has a grown son, and she lives in the high desert of California with her husband, and two crazy cats. Todd Bonita is a fine artist. He paints and teaches painting all year round. He lives on the New Hampshire seacoast with his family.
Terry Pierce has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Center for Homeland Securi.
Reviews - What do customers think about Blackberry Banquet?
A thoughtful children's book that both entertains and educates Sep 7, 2008
Blackberry Banquet is a simple, exuberantly rhyming children's picturebook about a number of forest animals who delight in eating blackberries. "Mouse appears and she reaches high. / The munching mouse gives a merry sigh. / Squeak! Mmm-mm!" An extra "for creative minds" section includes fascinating facts about blackberries, including the warning "Do not pick and eat berries unless an adult is positive that they are edible (some berries can be poisonous) and haven't been sprayed with pesticides." These final pages educate young readers about the role of plants in the food web, how animals help plants, and more, including a final warning about blackberry bushes: "In some places, certain types of blackberries are considered to be invasive... Blackberry bushes can become very brambly and sometimes grow near water sources. In some places, this could make it difficult for animals to get to their food or water." A thoughtful children's book that both entertains and educates, highly recommended.
Stories for Children Magazine 5 Star Review Aug 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Gayle Jacobson-Huset
What a charming rhyming book - I loved it! Author Terry Pierce's carefully chosen words are perfect, and the illustrations by Lisa Downey are kid-friendly and hilarious. I especially loved the expressions on the animals' faces. There's a yummy blackberry bush in the forest, and the animals are enjoying eating all the blackberries until . . . well, you'll just have to read this story to find out what happens. This is a very funny book that gets a high five from me for keeping me interested and laughing with each turn of the page. I give this picture book another high five for great text, great illustrations, and great fun while learning! Could you tell I really liked this book?
Watch for my Featured Guest interview with the author in our December 08 issue of Stories for Children Magazine to learn more about this wonderful book.
As with all Sylvan Dell books, there's a section at the end called For Creative Minds that is also available online. This section contains: "Blackberries", "How Do We Eat Blackberries", there's a recipe for "Blackberry Smoothie", "Plants Are the Bottom of the Food Chain", "Plants and Animals", "How Do Animals Help Plants?" and "Are Plants Always Good?" I especially liked these topics - all were truly wonderful for explaining the relationship between plants and animals, and how they depend on each other. It gives children lots to think about.
I was also pleased to see that experts from various agencies in Oregon were verifying the accuracy of this book. The blackberries and all the other berries growing wild in Oregon are the best I've ever tasted. No wonder the forest animals loved to snack on this blackberry bush!
What a tasty and noisy fun read Jun 30, 2008
In the woods, near a stream there is a blackberry bush. The limbs are chock full of berries and all the animals from the woods come to slurp and chomp on the fruit of that blackberry bush.
Told in rhyme, children will delight in the story of Blackberry Banquet, and they have the opportunity to make the sounds of the animals as they feast. The chaos that ensues when a bear appears is bound to make the children laugh out loud. I suspect it will also bring a smile to the faces of the adults reading the story.
Like the other Sylvan Dell books, when Blackberry Banquet is done, it's not really done at all. Turn the page and there are fun facts about plants and animals for the children to enjoy.
Blackberry Banquet is a fun-filled book with grand illustrations that children will love to see as they follow the story.
Armchair Interviews says: Another great offering from Sylvan Dell.