"A" Was Once An Apple Pie by Edward Lear

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Handpainted cut paper artwork by Caldecott winner Suse Macdonald illustrates this stunning adaptation of Edward Lear's classic ABC rhyme.

A was once an apple pie,
Piedy
Widey
Tidy
Piedy
Nice insidey, APPLE PIE!

Suse MacDonald adapts Edward Lear's fun-to-say, alphabet rhyme in a picture book that combines the classic with the up-to-date. Bright, bold illustrations are created with handpainted cut paper. A Bear sniffs an Apple pie, a Cat and Dog are friends, an Eel and Fish share an ocean,
a Goose spills a bottle of Ink, while a Hen laughs and later a Mouse is observed by an Owl in a Nest!
A stunning book!
 

About Edward Lear

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Edward Lear was born in Holloway, England, to Jeremiah (a stockbroker) and Ann Lear, tutored at home by his sister, and briefly attended the Royal Academy schools. Both an author and an illustrator, he earned his living as an artist from the age of 15, mainly by doing landscapes. What he is remembered for is his nonsense books, especially his popularization of the limerick. Along with Lewis Carroll, he is considered to be the founder of nonsense poetry. In addition to his limericks, he created longer nonsense poems. The best---and best known---is The Jumblies, in which the title characters go to sea in a sieve; it is a brilliant, profound, silly, and sad expression of the need to leave the security of the known world and experience the wonder and danger of the unknown. His other most notable work is The Owl and the Pussy Cat, a less complex poem whose title characters also go to sea. Lear produced humorous alphabets and botany books as well. His wordplay, involving puns, neologisms, portmanteau words, and anticlimax, retains its vitality today and has influenced such contemporary writers of children's nonsense verse as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, and Laura Richards
 
Published September 1, 2005 by Orchard Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``K was once a little kite,/ Kity/ Whity/ Flighty/ Kity/ Out of sighty/ Little kite''--such is Lear's amusingly nonsensical pattern for each of the 26 letters.

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A blue jay from the letter J, a kite from the letter K, and a lark from the letter L aerially interact in one double-page spread, while the hefty ox from the letter X and the pack-carrying yak from the letter Y meet along the road in another.

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"A was once an apple pie," muses Lear, alongside a portrait of a steaming, deep-dish delight, "pidy, widy, tidy, pidy,/ nice insidy, apple pie!"

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``A was once an apple pie, / Pidy / Widy / Tidy / Pidy / Nice insidy / Apple pie.'' So begins Lear's alphabet, a beguiling collection of verses that stretch poetry, language and meaning but wisely opt for silliness instead of outright nonsense.

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MacDonald takes Lear's nonsensical alphabet poem and both reworks and illustrates it, combining Lear's original verses with her own in this...

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MacDonald takes Lear's nonsensical alphabet poem and both reworks and illustrates it, combining Lear's original verses with her own in this...

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