Books Bring a Breath of Fresh Air Sue Buchanan, the optimistic
author of "I'm Alive and the Doctor's Dead" has collaborated
with her daughter Dana Shafer, to write "Mud Pie Annie,"
and with her composer friend, Lynn Hodges to create "I Love
You This Much." Delightful art, endearing lyrics, and messages
of perseverance and love for young hearts reflects Buchanan's own
zest for living and will amuse young children everywhere. discontinued
nagative comments from grown-ups who just don't understand her, little
Annie delights in cooking with mud. She can make anything from "marvelous
eclairs" to "parfait extraordinaire" - all with just
a little water and dirt. Sue Buchanan and Dana Shafer's thoroughly
charming and highly recommended picturebook story of a spunky little
girl and her exceptional, albeit unusual, talent for cooking, is marvelously
illustrated with the colorful artwork of Joy Allen, and enhanced for
young readers with several delicious "mud pie" recipes to
try out on their own!
Love you this Much" tells little ones the words that they
can never hear too often or too soon. CBA Marketplace highly recommends
this book that parents and grandparents can use to snuggle with young
children as they sing along with a music CD that plays the sweet tune
of the lullaby, I Love You This Much. This story is pure enjoyment for
the parent bear who sings to a cub about how much they are loved and tells
of an even greater lovethat of our Creator.
So there we were this afternoon in the gift shop of the National Cathedral in Washington DC, when Bradley called out, "Dad, come here - I found Aunt Sue's books!" He thought it was so cool. Actually I thought it was cool too... I mean, how many people can say that their
Aunt's book is sold in the same place where Presidents and Supreme
Court Justices worship!
PIE ANNIE REVIEW
The Grand Rapids Press
|By Ann Byle
Sue Buchanan and Dana Shafer put the glorious delight of mud into
words in their first children's book "Mud Pie Annie."
with Annie you'll feel the warm mud squish between your toes, you'll
dip your hands into the foamy, sloppy mess, and you'll create culinary
masterpieces to rival the work of the world's best chefs.
who collaborated with her daughter on "Mud Pie Annie,"
will be at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Rivertown Crossings Mall
introduce children to this wonderful book and help them create their
own mud pies with chocolate pudding, gummy worms, pretzel sticks
and other edible treats.
Annie is a creative, spunky little girl whose determination and
imagination turn her into the world's best and dirtiest chef. She
is undeterred by the stares of the neighborhood children and the
irritation of her parents
of us who are parents and grandparents have played in the mud,"
said Buchanan, 63. "I'm not so sure kids today play in the
like Annie because she does what we did. Children like her because
is indeed interesting. She's blissfully unaware of the mess she's
making as her imagination takes flight around the world. Her mud
creations include "recipes from 'round the world, mouth-watering
cuisine like arroz con mantequilla and Italian almondine. Rugelach
from Russia, mud-crust baklava from Greece ..."
and Shafer aren't afraid to challenge children with words that are
beyond their vocabulary.
will love the way the words sound." Buchanan said. "I
call it read-aloud-ability. The book will introduce them to new
things that are just beyond the reach. They can grow into Mud Pie
artwork adds depth and joy to the words of the authos. The illustrations
by Joy Allen merited a showing at "Every Picture Tells a Story,"
a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles that exhibits the nation's
top children's illustrators.
think the art is so great that you want to lick it off the page."