How to Bake an American Pie

Bibliographic Information: Wilson, Karma. How to Bake an American Pie. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2007. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a poetic book that discusses American history and values. Creatively, it spins these ideas into a poem about how to make an “American Pie”.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1 – 4

Readers who will like this: Creative readers will love this story. The illustrations are fun and representative of the ideas presented in the story. Readers learning about American history and values would enjoy this as well.

Rating/Response: 4 – This is a fun and poetic story filled with lots of information. Older kids may not respond as well to it as younger kids likely would.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: If you were to make an “American Pie”, what ingredients do you think you would need and why?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: This would be a really fun book to use for a social studies unit. It creatively captures the essence of American values.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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