FRESH CIDER AND PIE by Franz Brandenberg


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The cozy domesticity of Aliki's blue and white pot full of flowers, in a blue and white tried kitchen, helps set the mood for the agreeable ending to this 20-line tale about a spider who catches a fly. When the fly requests cider and pie as his last wish.the spider presses the apples and bakes the pie, eats and drinks it all himself, then politely offers the fly seconds. Together the two of them make pie and cider all afternoon but the spider alone consumes them, admitting at last that ""I don't think there is any room in me for a fly full of pie and apple cider."" Whereupon the circumspect fly takes his leave, assuring his host that ""it was a lovely day."" The victim's escape, the easily comprehended irony of tone, and the direct simplicity of words and pictures combine to make this a likely treat for the very youngest audiences.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Macmillan