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:
Of course, these are edible creations, and they'll never live up to those imaginative concoctions kids make outside. Happy cooking, everyone!
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
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.
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:
Some students illustrated their favourite part of the story.
I also received a fair bit of advice about the book from several of the students.
Finally, I received a few new cover options.
Thank you all for your letters and pictures. They made my day!
Enter here to win a signed copy of 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)
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!
Today I am honoured to be featured on Deborah Diesen's blog, Jumping the Candlestick for Michigander Monday. Thank you Debbie, for hosting me, even though I'm not a born and raised Michigander. Read the post here. I loved Debbie's picture book THE POUT-POUT FISH, and she's got a new book out, CATCH A KISS.
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:
I read SALAD PIE,
And they mixed up a batch of Chatham Salad Pie.
Then we took class pictures, one nice...
Next, I headed over to Mrs. Hirnam's Learn & Play class:
Next was Miss Wiancko's Grade 2 class:
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!
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 golf ball
1 green blob (must be green)
one dash of I love you
lettuce (2 different kinds)
crabs (the Maryland kind)
one person whose name is Abigail
a good dose of summer
finger nail polish
1 pet dog
brussel sprouts J (the smiley face was in there with the brussel sprouts)
1 sprinkle of Tolerance
Librarians, teachers, parents: Here is a summer reading list (clicking on the link will access the pdf in a new window) from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators filled with books from writers and illustrators living in the Midwest. Book recommendations are for grades K - 12.
Greyson took Salad Pie into his own hands and made a new creation. He's even got his own take on the shiny, crinkly gum wrapper. Naturally gifted, indeed!
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.
Welcome, one and all, to Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 7, 2016, where I'll be reading SALAD PIE.
This Saturday, I'll be at Barnes & Noble Rivertown to read SALAD PIE and sign books. It's also Educator's Week, so there will be deals and coupons from Barnes & Noble.