A tale that'll have you hollerin' "Rasssssspberrrrrrrieeeeees!" Simon was once a baker so well known for his tasty treats, you might say he was famous. But the poor guy fell on hard times when the bakery closed. Then Simon meets a young girl whose family he once helped. As a thank-you, the enchanting girl gives Simon dried raspberries that turn out to be magical when plantA tale that'll have you hollerin' "Rasssssspberrrrrrrieeeeees!" Simon was once a baker so well known for his tasty treats, you might say he was famous. But the poor guy fell on hard times when the bakery closed. Then Simon meets a young girl whose family he once helped. As a thank-you, the enchanting girl gives Simon dried raspberries that turn out to be magical when planted. They're so sweet a person can't help but jump into the air and sing out, "Rasssssspberrrrrrrieeeeees!" This inspires Simon to sell the berries to a local baker and pretty soon the whole town has something to cheer about. This tale, a favorite of Jay O'Callahan's storytelling fans, evokes marvelous responses from readers, as they enjoy the folk art of Will Moses and shout out along with the townsfolk. Raspberries! comes complete with an audio CD of the famous Jay O'Callahan reading the text....
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I hate to give any book an "I did not like it" rating. I'm sorry, dear author. I know you worked hard on this book, but really, I did not like this book. I have read hundreds of children's books as an adult with four kids, and I will not pick this book up again. The copy I got for my kids has a CD in the back with an audio recording of the story. On the audio book portion: The audio is very quiet. In order to hear the words being read, I had to crank the volume up on my CD player in my car. This wouldn't be a terrible thing if there weren't whistling in the first part of the book, which is quite loud, clear, and high-pitched. Then later, the cry "Raspberries" is so loud that I really wanted to shut it off before we even finished the book. It's hard to listen to. Even my kids didn't ask to listen to it twice, and I've never met an audio book that they didn't want played on repeat until we got to our destination. On the story: This story is all over the place. The main character has terrible luck, can't get anything right, no one likes him, the townspeople are terribly mean to him (apparently over his hat), and everyone seems genuinely surprised that he's capable of anything, including growing fruit or baking. I'm not sure who I'm supposed to care about, except the girl who used to get bread from the baker for a penny because she was poor. She did until he gave up baking, that is, presumably leaving her family to fend for themselves because baking sucks when you have bad luck, who cares about anyone else. Later on, the girl shows up again as an adult, butterflies seem to follow her, she has raspberry seeds that grow overnight (like Jack in the Beanstalk), and she shows up at the most opportune moments like a fairy godmother. My head is spinning. What did I just read and why?
Date: November 30th, 2014Author: Jay O'Callahan; Illustrated by Will MosesTitle: Raspberries!Plot: Simon, a former successful baker, is now a struggling egg business-man, until a loyal customer from his bakery past provides him with dried raspberries that changes his life forever. Setting: Old-Time Springfield Town; Various LocationsCharacters: Simon; Sally; Mr. Perkins; Lucy Wooly; Baker Willums; Mrs. Sharp; Jenny Longlegs; Old Mrs. OddbonesPoint-of-View: Third-PersonTheme: Second ChancesStyle: Narrative Fiction; Picture-Book Copyright: 2009Notes: I think this is great book to teach about second chances and that good people do finish last. Fun read.
My girls LOVE this story. We constantly check it out at the local library.
My kids loved it. We listened to it on CD and I fell asleep. I think I was just tired.
Kind of a strange story with a round-a-bout lesson. My son liked yelling out "Raspberries" at all the places in the book where it's said, though.
This story was a delight and should prove to be encouraging to those who lose heart from time to time. In Simon's case his good deeds reaped rewards to encourage him to go on.
not for HCL
My favorite! I have it on tape and often listen to it still!
This is a really adorable story with beautiful illustrations. It has a much more traditional feel to it and it reminds me of the types of childrens books that I read when I was younger.