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The doorbell rang
Hutchins, Pat, 1942-
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Publication Information:
[United States?] : Live Oak Media, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm)
Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.
General Note:
Side 1, page turn signals; side 2, no page turn signals.
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 28791.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 03256 Guided reading level: J.

Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1186 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made in this beloved classic.

This enjoyable read-aloud picture book about friendship, sharing, and cookies can also be used to introduce basic math concepts to young children. "Refreshing, enjoyable, and unpredictable."--School Library Journal

Pat Hutchins is the celebrated creator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Rosie's Walk, Titch, and Don't Forget the Bacon! The Doorbell Rang was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association.

Author Notes

Pat Hutchins was born Patricia Goundry on June 18, 1942 in Yorkshire, England. In 1958 at the age sixteen, she won a scholarship to attend the Darlington School of Art, where she studied for three years. Then she attended the Leeds College of Art, where studied illustration.

After graduating in 1962, she moved to London. She worked as a junior art director at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. She met her husband there and after they were married, her husband was transferred by the advertising company to head up its New York office.

While in New York, she met the editor-in-chief of the children's department at Macmillan, who encouraged her to write and illustrate her own story. Her first book, Rosie's Walk, was published in 1968 and was a 1968 ALA Notable Book. She wrote more than 40 books for young readers including Titch, Don't Forget the Bacon!, 1 Hunter, Good-Night, Owl!, and The Doorbell Rang. In 1974, The Wind Blew won the Kate Greenaway Medal. She died on November 7, 2017 at the age of 75.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Friends and neighbors arrive in a bright and busy kitchen to share a quickly disappearing batch of cookies. (Je 15 86)

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ma's cookies prove irresistible not only to her offspring but to their many friends; the treats dwindle at an alarming rate with each new arrival. PW praised ``Hutchins's quirky illustrations,'' which ``nicely depict her suspenseful tale.'' Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 Victoria and Sam are delighted when Ma bakes a tray of a dozen cookies, even though Ma insists that her cookies aren't as good as Grandma's. They count them and find that each can have six. But the doorbell rings, friends arrive and the cookies must be re-divided. This happens again and again, and the number of cookies on each plate decreases as the visitors' pile of gear in the corner of the kitchen grows larger. When each child's share is down to one, and the doorbell rings again, Sam and Victoria are worriedand then elated, when they discover that it's Grandma with a tray of dozens more cookies. Hutchins' illustrations are more than cheerful. Her exuberant colors flow from page edge to page edge with a lavish generosity born out by Grandma's abundant supply of cookies. The double-page spreads are filled with details for children to find, such as the peripatetic cat, Ma's unending battle with the footprints on her clean kitchen floor and the changing facial expressions of the multiracial children. The math concepts shown make this a beautiful choice for curriculum support in the primary grades, and the evident dismay of the children may lead to further discussion in areas other than math. As refreshing, enjoyable and unpredictable as an unexpected visit from a friend. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School Library, McKinney, Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.