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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

Victoria and Sam are just sitting down to a plateful of Ma's cookies when the doorbell rings, and two of their friends arrive to share the feast. The doorbell rings again and again and each time the number of cookies per person dwindles until at last there is only one cookie per person and . . . the doorbell rings again! (Luckily, it's Grandma arriving with reinforcements.) Hutchins's quirky illustrations nicely depict her suspenseful tale; the characters have an unusually authentic feeling and convey a strong sense of family. The book is, of course, a mini-lesson in short division. But don't tell any kidsthe arithmetic is so subtly incorporated into the story that they need never know it's there. (48) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-When Ma gave Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies to share, they were delighted. Then the doorbell rang, and rang, and rang. As more children arrived, from various ethnic backgrounds, sharing required other division problems so everyone would have equal amounts. The final ring of the doorbell, however, brings good news. The female narrator reads this delightful cumulative tale by Pat Hutchins (Greenwillow, 1986) with a smile, and creates different voices for the various characters. A doorbell sound effect is used. One side of the tape includes page turn signals, while the other does not. Sound quality is excellent. This is a nice treatment for a popular book about sharing that deserves a place in every math/literacy collection.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.