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Where is the apple pie?
Gorbachev, Valeri.
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A simple question leads to the description of a more and more outlandish situation, but never really gives an answer.
Reading Level:
AD 50 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 34573.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 27957 Guided reading level: F.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
X Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Where is the apple pie? That is the question! If the robbers snatched it, and ran into the forest, which was consumed by fire, that was doused by water, which was drunk by a camel, then?Where is the apple pie?Children will delight in discovering the hidden pleasures and silly humor of Valeri Gorbachev's nonsense tale of a missing pie's journey around the world. A true feast for the funny bone!

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. The simple title question by a friendly pig to his neighbor the goat, sets off a tale of absurd events. Goat has bought an apple pie at the bakery. "Where's the pie?" Pig asks. "Robbers took it." As the probing questions continue, children learn that the robbers ran into the forest, which was burned down by a fire; water drenched the fire, then turned into a lake, which a camel drank up. The camel went into the desert, into a fog, which the wind blew away. Now the wind is blowing down Main Street, right by the bakery, where Goat bought the pie. But there's no answer to Pig's final question, "Where's the pie?" The frenetic events are delightfully depicted in watercolor-and-ink pictures that are full of humor. Each double-page spread features one page picturing the unusual goings-on facing a more staid picture of Pig and Goat sitting on the porch. Kids will have fun looking closely at the adventures and noting how one blends into another. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-In a simple, circular text with colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, Gorbachev tells the rather complicated story of what happens to an apple pie. After a goat buys it, robbers steal it, and so begins the saga in which a wary pig asks a cumulative series of "where" questions prompted by his friend's responses. Finally, the two end up back on Main Street where it all began, and the pig again asks, "So where is the apple pie?" Children will delight in spying the thieves flying away in a balloon waving the last piece of pastry. The goat and pig appear on the left side of each spread, while an illustration of the answer to the question is found on the right. The artwork is bright and inviting, and has a number of characters that youngsters will enjoy following throughout the adventure. The many little details scattered throughout will keep everyone flipping back pages to catch what they have missed. The story is simple enough to allow the pre-reading set to predict the upcoming text based upon the pictures, and the pig's repeated questions will strike a chord both with children and the adults worn out with their continuous "why's." A pleasant addition to a storyhour collection, this one is unlikely to sit on the shelf after the first reading.-Amy Lilien-Harper, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.