Pie (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/4/30
Kindle 端末は必要ありません。無料 Kindle アプリのいずれかをダウンロードすると、スマートフォン、タブレットPCで Kindle 本をお読みいただけます。
When Alice's Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.
Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it's making them pie-crazy. It's up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of donig something for the right reason.
With Pie, acclaimed author Sarah Weeks has baked up a sweet and satisfying delight, as inviting as warm pie on a cold day. You'll enjoy every last bite.
Praise for PIE:
* "Weeks deftly leavens moments of hilarity with the process of grieving in this sweet coming-of-age story in which Alice learns from Aunt Polly to follow her heart and to open it as well. Readers will close the book with a satisfied sigh and may seek out an adult to help them bake a pie." - School Library Journal, starred review
* "What do you get when you take some scrumptious pie recipes, stir in a mix-up of a mystery involving an overweight cat and a legacy, then add a sly satirical nod to the Newbery Medal? This irresistible confection....Warm, delicious and filling." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The text richly describes the pie-making (and eating) process and includes multiple mouth-watering recipes for readers to try themselves. This would make a tasty readaloud for classrooms or families; stock up on pie ingredients first." - BCCB
"This enjoyable chapter book is a real charmer" - Booklist
"Stimulates both sweet tooths and sweet nostalgia" - Publishers Weekly
An adult woman named Alice narrates the story from the perspective of her 12-year-old girlhood memory. It begins at a time shortly after her beloved Aunt Polly, unexpectedly dies. Aunt Polly was a lovely, kindhearted, eccentric woman, who lived simply. She also possessed a unique blend of strong ethics along with an award winning talent for pie making.
The sudden loss of the town's pie maker extraordinaire affects the town on many levels. Adding to this is the revelation of her cryptic will, which leaves everyone in multiple states of grief, confusion, suspicion, and among a few...competition.
Poor little Alice felt the pain of her Aunt's loss most of all. Time spent with Aunt Polly was treasured. Alice could confide in her Aunt, and Polly's attention always made Alice feel good.
What makes this story so delightful is the element of satisfaction that stays with the reader. (Much like that full feeling you get after eating a great slice of pie.) The author, like the pie maker, takes joy in using her talents to provide some intellectual dessert and intrigue to the lives of others. Sprinkled among the chapters are some nice pie recipes. Best of all, the brain food stays on your mind, not on your hips.
The pie recipes are a huge bonus. We're planning on making a couple of the recipes from the book together soon.
Four stars because some parts were a little scary for the kids...a body in a coffin, someone breaking into a little kid's bedroom at night...it all fits well into the story, but until you get to the end, some of those things were quite scary for them. Maybe I shouldn't have read the book at bedtime?
Would recommend to anyone who loves mystery and pies/baking.