WOW!   Some third graders at Thornell Road Elementary in Pittsford , New York sent me these beautiful spring flower thank you notes.  Each message is written on a petal.  Thank you so much for brightening my day!

letters to postOlney photo   Did you know that Olney, IL is famous for having white squirrels?  Well it’s true, and if you don’t believe me, check out the picture postcards sent to me by Mr. Taylor’s class.

Those are some cute little critters!

 

SOME COOL IDEAS

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HOW COOL IS THIS?

I’ve been receiving a lot of e-mails from teachers and librarians asking if I have any ideas for art projects their students can do based on my books.  One of my favorite things when I arrive at a school for an author visit is to check out the artwork the kids have been doing.

IF YOU’RE READING PIE, how about making a diorama of Polly’s pie shop?  Anna from Massachusetts sent me this wonderful picture of her vision of how the pie shop might look.

Polly's pie shop SMALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU’RE READING OGGIE COODER, chances are your kids are going to want to try “charving” for themselves.   You can do it the Oggie way, with American cheese, or for your lactose intolerant kidd-o’s try soaking a corn tortilla in water to soften it.  One clever teacher in Michigan came up with the idea of using cheese-colored styrofoam meat trays to simulate charging.

Vroom!  Vroom! These styrofoam creations look great hanging from the ceiling.

Vroom! Vroom! These styrofoam creations look great hanging from the ceiling.

If you're reading OGGIE COODER, try "charging" with styrofoam meat trays. Make sure to wash them in hot water first!

If you’re “charving” with styrofoam meat trays, make sure to wash them  first!

I love the way the texture on the back looks like dragon scales.

I love the way the texture on the back looks like dragon scales.

MORE PIE, PLEASE!

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I love receiving e-mails from kids and teachers who are reading PIE.   I’m absolutely thrilled that the book has made it onto state lists including Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi and Rhode Island.  I’m also delighted that people are trying out the pie recipes.  Below are some photos of pie bakers.  If your class or book group decides to have a pie party, send me a photo and permission to post it and you can join the wall of fame.  Enjoy!

 

PIE BAKERS WALL OF FAME

These adorable 4th graders from Staten Island are the latest to join the party!

Staten Island 4th graders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet some pie experts from Olney, Illinois (also famous for their white squirrels- but NOT for squirrel pie!)  Thank you Mr. Taylor for sending along these wonderful pix!!!

PIE 1

 

 

Pie 2Pie 3PIE 5Last pie

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this smiley pie!!!! Smiley PIE

 

Here are some happy bakers from Missouri!Pie 1

pie 2

pie 3 pie 4pie 5

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these delicious looking pies from Illinois!

Check out these delicious looking pies from Illinois!

So B. It  is going to be……A MOVIE!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about the So B. It movie, but I am very happy to report that the movie project is moving forward nicely. My wonderful agent Jason Dravis, who has worked on some pretty impressive book-to-film projects (“The Invention of Hugo Cabaret,” and “The Hunger Games,” to name a couple of my favorites) has taken a very active role in handling “So B. It” with tender loving care. The decision has been made to make this movie privately, outside of the studio system, in order to make sure creative decisions like casting and content stay true to the book.  Of course this is every author’s dream come true, especially THIS author, because it will also ensure that the script, written by Garry Williams — which I am thrilled with — is the one we will be using.   The part of Heidi is being recast, and as soon as I have a name and aface to attach to the role, I will post it here.  There’ve been so many times when I’ve seen a movie based on a book that I loved, and come away feeling that the book was so much better than the movie. I’m sure a lot of you have experienced the same thing. I’m confident that this will not be the case with “So B. It”. Jason Dravis is working with Adam Tenenbaum and his team at So B. It LP, to independently raise the financing for this movie. I will be posting more details as they come, but I just wanted to let you know that “So B. It” the movie is gaining a lot of steam.  Until next time…. Soof!

Alana from New Hampshire made this AMAZING quilt.  Here is the letter (also AMAZING) she sent me:

Hello to my favorite author, Sarah Weeks!!!!
I loved your  book PIE so much that when my teacher started doing book projects, I decided to make mine on your wonderful book.  I am also a seamstress, so I choose to make a quilt to honor your book.  Lardo, Alice, and Aunt Polly were fantastic characters, and so each of them inspired a square to represent them.  I made every other square with delicious fruits to match the tasty, fragrant images that you created in the story.  I also included a chocolate cream pie on one of the squares to represent the jealousy of Alice’s mother.  The rolling pin and the piecrust represent the secret piecrust recipe and how the small piece of crust grabbed the competitive hearts of so many people who longed to win the blueberry award.  Your book was so brilliant and it inspired me to write more.  I hope to write a book like yours someday.
If you are ever in New Hampshire, we would LOVE to have you stop by at our school!!!

Pie Quilt 2

Alana Pie Quilt 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been receiving SO many lovely e-mails and letters from people who have read PIE and then felt a burning desire to bake one.  I’ve already posted some photos of pie-bakers on previous BLOGS, but I’d like to collect some new ones.  If you’ve baked a pie that you’re particularly proud of and would like to share a photo of it with the world, please send it my way, along with your FIRST name and the city and state you live in.

 

Lydia and Brielyn, two third graders from North Carolina clearly know a thing or two about chocolate cream pie!

Lydia and Brielyn, two third graders from North Carolina clearly know a thing or two about chocolate cream pie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May, 2013.  (Below, left)Faith from Kansas City, MO celebrated Mother’s Day by baking a lemon chess pie. (below right) A teacher and  two fifth graders at Cold Spring Elementary in Doylestown, PA made three beautiful pies which they presented to me at the end of the day.  Thank you Mrs. P, Kim and Lindsey!

Delicious!

Delicious!

 

Cold Spring pies

 

 

 

Thanks to Michele Eng, Media Specialist extraordinaire,  Hawes School in Ridgewood, NJ.  had a MAJOR pie bake-off prior to my visit.   Check out the winning pies–a Caramel Apple pie made by Michael and an Ultimate Oreo Pie made by Aidan and Nico!  Who says guys can’t bake? Way to go!  Thank you one and all for a terrific (and delicious!) day at Hawes.

small pies

 

 

 

 

 

small pie winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This peach pie was baked by a mom whose daughter had just read PIE.  She made some adjustments to the recipe which you might find interesting.  Check out her BLOG: meagenrice.wordpress.com

Meet Aiden from Mahopec, New York.  He and his mom listened to the audio version of PIE together and then decided to try out the buttermilk pie recipe.  Not everyone is willing to take a chance on a pie that has buttermilk in it –but believe me when I tell you, it tastes WAY better than it sounds.  Right Aiden?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two sisters from Farmington, Arkansas are planning to bake all 14 pies in the book!  Check out their BLOG.  Abby and Molly have made nine pies so far, and they are rating each one on a scale of one to twenty.  So far the peach pie is in first place.  http://www.littlehomeschoolontheprairie.com/kids-corner.html

 

 

This beautiful peach pie with a delicious cobbler topping was made by Jasmine and Gaby, from San Francisco, California.  That’s Jasmine peeking over the counter at us.  Nice work girls!

 

 

 

Look at these cool little apple pies MacKenzie made!  Instead of using a pie crust on the bottom, she cored the apples, and put pie filling inside, then covered the tops with a lattice crust. Pretty clever, huh?  Oh, and by the way – she picked those apples in her own backyard in North Carolina. I don’t know baout you, but I’m impressed!

 

 

Meet Hannah.  She’s from North Kingstown, Rhode Island and she and her mom baked this gorgeous blueberry pie together in honor of the Blueberry Award.   She says that she is planning to bake ALL the pies in the book too.  Next in line…..sour cherry!  Aunt Polly would be proud.

So B. It  is going to be……A MOVIE!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about the So B. It movie, but I am very happy to report that the movie project is moving forward nicely. My wonderful agent Jason Dravis, who has worked on some pretty impressive book-to-film projects (“The Invention of Hugo Cabaret,” and “The Hunger Games,” to name a couple of my favorites) has taken a very active role in handling “So B. It” with tender loving care. The decision has been made to make this movie privately, outside of the studio system, in order to make sure creative decisions like casting and content stay true to the book.  Of course this is every author’s dream come true, especially THIS author, because it will also ensure that the script, written by Garry Williams — which I am thrilled with — is the one we will be using.      There’ve been so many times when I’ve seen a movie based on a book that I loved, and come away feeling that the book was so much better than the movie. I’m sure a lot of you have experienced the same thing. I’m confident that this will not be the case with “So B. It”. Jason Dravis is working with Adam Tenenbaum and his team at So B. It LP, to independently raise the financing for this movie. I will be posting more details as they come, but I just wanted to let you know that “So B. It” the movie is gaining a lot of steam.  Until next time…. Soof!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shhhhh, here’s a little secret…  There may be a movie made of Oggie Cooder too!  I’ll let you know as soon as it’s official. Prrrrip!  Prrrip!

 

 

 

TO SKYPE OR NOT TO SKYPE

 

I’ve been doing author visits for more than twenty years.  I love having an opportunity to meet my readers in person.  With school budgets being cut left and right, sometimes schools can’t afford to bring in an author, so they turn to the next best thing, SKYPE.   I recently had the pleasure of SKYPING with some 4th graders in Shelton CT.  Their wonderful teacher, Mrs. Pollack got in touch with me and together we planned the visit. The format would be Q&A, with the discussion being generated by the questions the kids wanted to ask.  Mrs. Pollack’s class was SO well prepared they made my job easy!  They had read many of my books together in class, and they came up with some really interesting questions. We had some technical glitches, due to weather  in New York, but in the end we had a terrific time chatting about books, and pies and just getting to know each other.  BTW, my SKYPE visit might never have taken place if it hadn’t been for a certain boy with a mohawk in Mrs/ Pollack’s class who loved pie so much he just had to read PIE!

 

 

 

SWEET HEARTS

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Kids always ask me, “Where do you get your ideas?”  It’s hard to explain sometimes.  I try to keep my eyes and ears and heart open to anything that might come along and suggest an idea for a story to me.  This week I discovered a wonderful pothole in my street.  Wonderful and pothole do not normally go together in the same sentence.  But see for yourself.  This is the same pothole before and after a rainstorm.  Whether or not I end up using this image in a story some day I’m still glad I saw it.  The world is a wonderful place, don’t you think?

Have you read Peter Reynold’s wonderful book, THE DOT?  Well, Terry Shay, an amazing educator in Iowa and founder of International Dot Day, has started a new site called “Celebri-DOTS”.  He’s asked some authors, illustrators, and other celebrities to create dots and sign them so they can be placed on the site: http://celebridots.blogspot.com.

 

Check out my contribution!  You know me, any excuse to bake a pie…

 

International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity around the globe that grows bigger every year. Over 17,000 students and 1,000 adults created their own dots on or around International Dot Day http://www.fablevisionlearning.com/dotday last year.

So join the fun and get your dot on!!!!! –SW