Pickles to Pittsburgh: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Book 2
By Mary Dixon Weidler,
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Winning illustrations but short on plot.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Could inspire discussions about hunger, famine, and relief efforts at home and abroad.
If one community has more than enough food, it's a good idea to share the overabundance with those who don't have enough. Think creatively to solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Kate thinks creatively to solve a problem of too much food in one place buy redistributing it to other places where people are hungry. She uses her skills and imagination to help others, even strangers far away.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pickles to Pittsburgh is the second book in the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs series. The comic-strip illustrations are clear winners with the kids, holding their interest through thin slices of plot. Here images of crazy giant food mixes with the rather serious topic of world hunger, all in sister Kate's wild dream.
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What's the Story?
Tasty things can happen in your dreams, and some of them can be downright delicious -- just ask Kate! In a dream, she and Henry fly to the land of Chewandswallow, where broccoli is as big as trees and it rains popcorn. She gets the idea to transport the giant food from a town that has too much to places that have too little.
Kate also finds that being awake can be just as appetizing -- especially with the return of a travel-weary relative!
Is It Any Good?
Fortunately for a book that relies so strongly on visuals, the comic book-like drawings are full of action and detail. Another nice touch is that the pages illustrating Kate's dream are done in full color, while those depicting her awake state are in black-and-white. There's so much going on in the illustrations that young readers can forgive -- or forget -- the lack of action in the story line itself.
In dreams, all things are possible. That's the lesson Kate learns in PICKLES TO PITTSBURGH, a book that brings together the themes of world community, wanderlust, and watercress sandwiches. Unfortunately, the actual plot of the book isn't as filling. Most of the action takes place in Kate's dream.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about issues like poverty, hunger, and global community. Why would you help someone who lives on the other side of the world whom you've never met? What can you do to help others in your community and beyond?
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What's funny about giant food?
- Author: Judi Barrett
- Illustrator: Ron Barrett
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication date: January 1, 2000
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
- Number of pages: 30
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, Kindle
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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