Reader Review

Reader reviews are important because they highlight what the reader takes away from the book. And every reader sees something slightly different. Here's a recent review of SALAD PIE on Amazon:

Salads and Pies

My bio on the back flap of Salad Pie reads "Wendy BooydeGraaff grew up making mud pies on a fruit farm in Ontario, Canada. She now lives in Michigan with her family, where she whips up all kinds of salads and all kinds of pies. Visit her at wendybooydegraaff.com."

So, as proof for the skeptics, I am posting some things I whipped up:

Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

 Peach and blackberry pie

 Peach and blackberry pie

Of course, these are edible creations, and they'll never live up to those imaginative concoctions kids make outside. Happy cooking, everyone!

Everyday Diversity Roundup

Everyday Diversity reviews and categorizes book choices for storytime, focusing on books with people of colour and Native Americans. I'm thrilled that SALAD PIE was included in the July Roundup.

From Everyday Diversity

Salad Pie written by Wendy BooydeGraaff illustrated by Bryan Langdo

An empty playground is the perfect setting for Maggie to make "Salad Pie" (a cleaner version of mud pie), but then Herbert shows up and--even worse--he wants to help. Maggie bossily rejects his attempts to help until she accidentally slips down the slide, dropping the salad into the air. Herbert saves the day by catching both her and the pie, and their friendship is solidified as they make plans to make "Sandwich Stew" tomorrow.

This one includes lots of places to add a little singing refrain, and isn't too wordy, making it a good storytime selection:
"Into the oven," said Maggie, and she closed the imaginary oven door with panache. Gently, ever so gently, Maggie danced her jig. Softly, ever so softly, she sang, "Salad Pie, oh Salad Pie! Soon you'll be ready, Salad Pie!

Themes/Topics: Friendship, Imagination, Playgrounds, Food

Books & Mortar

Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a new bookstore in town. Books & Mortar on 955 Cherry Street SE, has opened their doors! Their grand opening will be October 1, from 10 AM until 7 PM. I'll be there at 3 PM reading and signing Salad Pie.

Advice from young readers

One of the best parts of writing a book is being written to about that book. Back when school was in session, I video conferenced ISNA Elementary School in Mississauga, Ontario. This is what it looked like:

You can see the students in their desks, the teacher at the front of the class, and me, on the screen holding up SALAD PIE like a trophy. Thank you, Suhaan, for the picture.

You can see the students in their desks, the teacher at the front of the class, and me, on the screen holding up SALAD PIE like a trophy. Thank you, Suhaan, for the picture.

Some students illustrated their favourite part of the story. 

The slide scene made a big impression. Thank you, Tarek for your picture.

The slide scene made a big impression. Thank you, Tarek for your picture.

I also received a fair bit of advice about the book from several of the students.

Tariq, that's my favourite part too. I do think playing inside a house would be safer, so I'll take that into consideration for the next book.

Tariq, that's my favourite part too. I do think playing inside a house would be safer, so I'll take that into consideration for the next book.

Zoya, did you know I grew up on a farm? So I like that setting idea very much.

Zoya, did you know I grew up on a farm? So I like that setting idea very much.

Great advice about friendship, Ali. Even if your friends are annoying...who do you think was annoying, Maggie or Herbert? Hmm...I know the answer might be different, depending on your perspective. Of course, no one could be annoying if there were cake involved.

Great advice about friendship, Ali. Even if your friends are annoying...who do you think was annoying, Maggie or Herbert? Hmm...I know the answer might be different, depending on your perspective. Of course, no one could be annoying if there were cake involved.

Finally, I received a few new cover options.

Illustrated by Haadiyah

Illustrated by Haadiyah

Haaziq's Salad Pie

Haaziq's Salad Pie

Sabina's illustration of Maggie and Herbert together.

Sabina's illustration of Maggie and Herbert together.

Thank you all for your letters and pictures. They made my day! 

Goodreads Giveaway

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Salad Pie by Wendy BooydeGraaff

Salad Pie

by Wendy BooydeGraaff

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Brighton Salad Pie

On Saturday and Sunday, the kids at Brighton's Barnes & Noble made Salad Pie. Here is their recipe:

carrots                                     2 Julias                           apple

flower                                       Marin                             ABC gum (already been chewed)

granola bar                              gift card                        grass

peas                                         pepper                           ABCDEF (I think the alphabet?)

balloon                                    ABS gum (not sure what this is, but it looks fun)

paperclips                               gumballs   

Yes, that is one interesting Salad Pie! Thank you, Brighton Barnes & Noble for hosting the Little Readers, Big Dreams event. Clockwise from below you see me with SALAD PIE, Mary Ann Riehle with THE LITTLE KIDS' TABLE, Lisa Wheeler with THE PET PROJECT: CUTE AND CUDDLY VICIOUS VERSES, and Jordan Scavone with MIGHT-E!

Chatham Salad Pie

On June 17, I was at Chatham Christian School in Ontario, Canada, reading and talking about SALAD PIE to a few different classrooms. First, I went to my sister's Grade 1 class:

My sister, Helen Hoekstra, and me.

My sister, Helen Hoekstra, and me.

  I read SALAD PIE,

And they mixed up a batch of Chatham Salad Pie.

Then we took class pictures, one nice...

  ...and one silly photo.

  ...and one silly photo.

Next, I headed over to Mrs. Hirnam's Learn & Play class:

 I read the story and talked about the book. Then they showed me something very special next door.

 I read the story and talked about the book. Then they showed me something very special next door.

 Little chicks!

 Little chicks!

Next was Miss Wiancko's Grade 2 class:

 They had lots of good questions and added many ingredients to Chatham Salad Pie. You can see the bowl of salad there in the front row, being mixed up.

 They had lots of good questions and added many ingredients to Chatham Salad Pie. You can see the bowl of salad there in the front row, being mixed up.

For the last class of the day, I visited Mrs. Van Eck's Grade 4 class. Long ago, Mrs. Van Eck was my teacher for Grade 5, except she was Miss Flikweert then, and she taught me in Fruitland, Ontario. I still remember reading Caddie Woodlawn in her class, and the gerbils we had as class pets, Pipsqueak and Rascal. They were always escaping which made for whole class searches.

We read and discussed the book, and also added to the huge recipe of Chatham Salad Pie.

After all those classes, you can imagine the huge recipe we made for Chatham Salad Pie. Just look at all of those magnificent ingredients!

 Good thing this is a pretend Salad Pie!

 Good thing this is a pretend Salad Pie!

Chesapeake Salad Pie

The children at Chesapeake Children's Book Festival added ingredients to a new batch of Salad Pie. Here's their magnificent recipe:

Chesapeake Salad Pie Recipe

1 carrot

1 tarantula

2 slugs

snails

goo

2 potatoes

1 golf ball

1 green blob (must be green)

peas

2 tomatoes

leaves

one dash of I love you

bacon bits

lettuce (2 different kinds)

crabs (the Maryland kind)

one person whose name is Abigail

one J.H.

pears

2 strawberries

chips

oysters

1 flamingo

a good dose of summer

socks

a softball

1 necklace

happiness

bees

a foot

sushi

finger nail polish

1 orange

caterpillars

1 pet dog

1 apple

brussel sprouts J (the smiley face was in there with the brussel sprouts)

1 Ella

1 Elizabeth

1 dandelion

shoes

1 Kaleb

1 sprinkle of Tolerance

 

 

Visiting Lorena, Texas (virtually)

For Read Across America Day on March 2, I had a video-conference with this lovely first grade class in Lorena, Texas. I read them Salad Pie and answered questions. They were well prepared, and had written down their questions ahead of time. I showed them snow, since we had plenty of snow in Michigan in March, and made a little snowball for them. Too bad they couldn't reach through the screen and touch it--some of them hadn't experienced snow before. They sent me this beautiful photo.

Mrs. Maldonado's Grade One class in Lorena, Texas

Mrs. Maldonado's Grade One class in Lorena, Texas