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Five questions for Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin


1. Pie Is for Sharing is ready throughout a particular occasion — a Fourth of July picnic. Was that all the time what the story was about, or did it come from the illustration decisions?

JC: I had the thought early on to set the e book in a park in Burlington, Vermont, the place my household typically has picnics with buddies. We’re there within the footage, and a lot of the different households within the e book are shut buddies of ours. The concept of setting the story on the Fourth of July got here later, however after I considered it, I instantly knew that it was proper. I needed to make a press release that sharing is as American as apple pie (or on this case, cherry pie).

SPL: I really like what Jason did with the setting. I noticed solely step by step, over a interval of months, that this was a July Fourth picnic. My first glimpses of the artwork had been pencil sketches. Then a lot later, I received to see the full-color artwork through e mail. Lastly, I printed it out on bigger paper and noticed all of the red-white-and-blue particulars, and the flag on the home to start with, and I received it. (It takes me some time!) The Independence Day facet has turn out to be a robust a part of the e book to me — a reminder concerning the values of fundamental sharing and neighborhood in our nation.

2. Stephanie, did you may have specific influences in thoughts while you wrote the textual content? It conjures for me Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak’s traditional A Gap Is to Dig (nevertheless it’s additionally very a lot its personal story).

SPL: I like Ruth Krauss’s work and can maintain on to that go with for a very long time! I didn’t consciously have a specific mannequin in thoughts after I wrote the textual content. However I had been studying aloud many, many image books to my youthful daughter…and years earlier than that, a few of those self same books to my older daughter. So I positively had the voices and rhythms of my favourite picture-book authors enjoying on repeat: Phyllis Root, Jacqueline Woodson, Kathi Appelt. Add to that the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, which I was studying aloud to myself that yr. I wish to suppose that these voices, apart from making my life and my kids’s lives richer, have discovered their means into my writing.

Picture: Deirdre Gill

three. You each have Vermont connections. Had been these pies selfmade, or is there a actually good bakery in Burlington?

JC: Do-it-yourself! I’ve a cherry tree in my entrance yard and final summer time (not lengthy after I delivered the art work) my youngsters picked a complete lot of cherries and we turned them right into a cherry pie on the Fourth of July. We even had all of the households from the e book over to share it. It wasn’t till the center of the get together that I noticed we had been reenacting the e book!

SPL: My authentic pie inspiration got here from an enormous piece of pie (strawberry rhubarb, I believe it was) that my older daughter had on the Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors, Minnesota. I needed a chew of that pie, and I later scrawled the assertion “Pie is for sharing” in my little pocket book, proper there on the desk. Curiously, my household was on the identical restaurant final summer time after I acquired an e mail from [editor] Neal Porter with my first glimpse of the e book jacket — nearly 4 years to the day after I’d jotted down these phrases. So this place I’ve been only some occasions, 1,159 miles from my residence, is type of well-known to me now.

four. Did you imply for us to sob once we get to the tip? The combo of pores and skin colours and ages, and many others., paired with the textual content: “Many can share one mild. And a blanket? A breeze? The sky? These are for sharing.” I tear up each time. How produce other readers reacted to the story?

JC: I’ve solely had the possibility to learn it to 1 group to this point, and nobody cried that I seen.  Making folks cry wasn’t on my thoughts whereas I used to be portray (I used to be largely interested by how late the e book was going to be!), however I’m definitely glad it has emotional resonance. My aim was to make an trustworthy depiction of my household, my buddies, and my city. I dwell in a racially various neighborhood, and we dwell in a fantastically various nation. It will really feel dishonest to not depict it as such.

SPL: I’m by no means in opposition to crying whereas studying! I do my share of that. (Possibly we want extra absorbent paper inside sure books.) My readers up to now have been individuals who know me and have learn the textual content sooner or later alongside the best way. Nonetheless, after they get to the web page with the moon and the kids’s faces, they are saying one thing like, Ahhhhhh, oh wow, and we now have a quiet second taking a look at that web page collectively. I hope readers may have their very own highly effective moments with Pie Is for Sharing. Whether or not the pages deliver tears, a quiet chuckle, a nod, or a silent reference to one of many characters — possibly these experiences will switch into one thing good and make the world a tiny bit kinder, one reader at a time. Wouldn’t that be nice? Convey on the tears!

5. Since that is our Summer season Studying version of the Notes from the Horn Guide e-newsletter, what is going to you be studying this summer time?

JC: After I lastly end the planetary science e book I’m at the moment wrestling with, I might be studying Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes, The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen, and Mary’s Monster by Lita Decide. I received to know every of these authors not too long ago — they’re outstanding and provoking folks, and I can’t wait to learn their books.

SPL: I’m studying:

  • Can I Contact Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Errors, and Friendship by Charles Waters and Irene Latham
  • Voices within the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Issues We Haven’t Mentioned: Sexual Violence Survivors Communicate Out edited by Erin Moulton
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • The Jumbies sequence by Tracey Baptiste
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz, and anything from the 2018 Texas Library Affiliation Bluebonnet checklist (of which Jason’s Grand Canyon is a component!) that I haven’t learn by the tip of faculty
  • The Clementine sequence by Sara Pennypacker (aloud, to my youthful daughter)

From the Could 2018 concern of Notes from the Horn Guide: Summer season Studying.

For previous years’ summer time studying lists from The Horn Guide, click on on the tag summer time studying.

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