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THE GOOD-PIE PARTY by Liz Garton Scanlon


by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Pub Date: April 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-44870-3
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

Posy Peyton does not want to move away from her secret clubhouse, her books, her bird feeder or her friends.

Instead of a goodbye party, she and her friends have a good-pie party. Since everything is packed up except the kitchen, the three girls make a pie. They then invite neighbors and friends to a party to say so long (not goodbye). When everyone arrives with pies in hand, Posy and her friends replace their sadness with the joy of pie, whipped cream and lemonade. Building a giant pyramid of smiling children helps too. The party might not make the sadness disappear, but it does allow the friends some time to adjust to the new reality. Scanlon’s gentle, child’s-eye view of a common challenge hits the right notes—the move will happen, but memories link people forever. Denton’s gentle, muted watercolors get at the girls’ emotions with angry scowls and somber faces and extend the spare text. The furnished house transforms into empty rooms with tan boxes and bare walls, letting readers know the inevitability of the move. The final spreads, showing the pie-shaped moon, is a reminder that these friends will always share these special memories.

A must for every child who has to move away and for teachers and parents who want to help children through these times.

(Picture book. 4-8)