Fig pudding

Author Fletcher, Ralph J.
Language English
Publisher
Prince Frederick Md.: Recorded Books, 1999




Annotation:

Also issued as Recorded Books Fiction on Cassette.



Subjects :

  • Death
  • Fiction
  • Family life

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books, 1996 American Library Association ALSC

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 1995 Honor United States
  • Virginia Young Readers Program, 1998 Winner Virginia

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Great Stone Face Award, 1996-1997; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 1998-1999; Nominee Iowa
  • Mark Twain Award, 1997-1998; Nominee Missouri
  • Utah Children's Book Awards, 1997; Nominee Utah
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1998; Nominee Virginia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1997-1998; Master List Kansas

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780440412038, 044041203X
Bantam Doubleday Dell (New York:) 1996.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 620
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 8


0395711258, 9780395711255
Clarion Books (New York:) 1995.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 8

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Reviews :

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
An 11-year-old boy, the oldest of six children, chronicles a tumultuous year; PW said that "this warm story... neatly blends the humor and frustrations of growing up in a large family." Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1996 c1995.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Cliff Abernathy is 11 years old, but he’s not an ordinary elementary school kid. As the oldest in a family of six children, he has a lot of responsibilities--and patience. When Cliff looks back over the last year, he has plenty of stories to tell about his parents, his four brothers, and his sister, especially since the Abernathys like to do everything together. Through holidays and weekdays, ups and downs, Fig Pudding brings you into the busy world of a big, close family. As you follow Cliff from one Christmas to the next, you’ll learn what a yadda-yadda is, how the headless chicks got to be that way, how the family weathers a tragedy, and other wonderful bits of family lore. Ralph Fletcher is the oldest in a family of nine children, so he has vivid firsthand experience with life in a large household. Through Jeff Woodman’s spirited narration, Fig Pudding dishes up generous helpings of the energy and good humor that fill the Abernathys’ days. nd, n/a, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 12968, $5.5. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1996 c1995.)

Sharon (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
There is always something crazy happening in the Abernathy family. Clifford Allyn Abernathy III (Cliff), the oldest of six children, reveals how his family constantly gets into mischief. Some examples are Cliff's sister, Cyn deciding to trade families, Cliff stuffing his fishing tackle box with old clothes and diapers, and an unexpected ingredient getting added to the family's annual fig pudding. Read this great book and learn about the surprising turn of events that tests the Abernathy's strength as a family. Category: Humor; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 1995, Clarion Books. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Chris Sherman (Booklist, May 15, 1995 (Vol. 91, No. 18))
Twelve-year-old Cliff, the oldest of six children ("Abernathys always overdo everything" ), recalls the past year in episodes focusing on his brothers and his sister. The year was bittersweet. There were good times, but there were also ones he'd like to forget--among them, the death of one brother, an event that will move readers to tears. Fletcher captures perfectly the humor, irritations, and sadness of life in a large, close-knit family and makes Cliff a sympathetic and thoughtful narrator, occasionally bewildered by his siblings' antics but always a completely believable older brother. The comedy in the final chapter will leave readers recalling hilarious family disasters of their own. Category: Middle Readers. 1995, Clarion, $14.95. Gr. 5-7.
(PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1995)
Looking back on an eventful year, Cliff Abernathy observes his family's quirky traits and sibling rivalries in a voice that alternates between an eleven-year-old's hilarious sarcasm and loving pride. At the same time, he chronicles the both joyous occasions and heart-rending sorrow that make the year most memorable. The narrative takes a turn in tone, but not substance, with the sudden, shocking death of Cliff's younger brother, Brad, in an accident. Cliff's description of his family members' grief and pain, and the start of their healing, is powerfully authentic, as well as hopeful: life, including the laughter, does, indeed, go on. CCBC categories: FICTION FOR CHILDREN. 1995, Clarion, 136 pages, $14.95. Ages 10-13.
(PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1995)
A book about a big happy family, with lots of laughter, lots of cooking, and lots of eating; it opens with Cliff, the 11-year-old narrator and oldest of six children, "getting ready to dig into a steaming plate of French toast," and closes with his whole family laughing so hard that tears are running down their faces. Each of the siblings quickly establishes a comic persona, and occasionally all of them talk at once in the polyphonic, laugh-out-loud episodes from everyday life -- the kind of cozy family plots found in sitcoms. Viewing this brood through the eyes of the sympathetic Cliff, readers quickly get attached to all of them. When one of them -- almost without warning -- dies, Cliff must adjust his easygoing storytelling, to which he has committed himself, to accommodate this tragic event. He does a remarkably good job, compromising neither his tone, nor the event of his brother's death. Sensitive to all the potential problems of the disparity between the substance and the style of his book, Fletcher displays an extremely gentle touch. 1995, Clarion, $14.95. © 1995 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Twelve-year-old Cliff, the eldest of the six Abernathy children, looks back on a year that feels like ``five years crammed into one. With plenty of stuff I want to remember forever. And stuff I wish I could forget.'' In a style reminiscent of Cheaper by the Dozen, this warm story (unobtrusively set in what seems to be the '70s) neatly blends the humor and frustrations of growing up in a large family headed by two sanguine parents. Each chapter, while centering around a particular child, subtly weaves together household events, large and small. In the first vignette, the youngest child is hospitalized just before Christmas and asks only for a ``yidda yadda'' from Santa; the family eventually interprets the demand as a ``little ladder'' and everyone works all night to build one. The episodes smoothly move forward to the family's ultimate crisis: Brad, the gentlest of the children, is killed while riding his bicycle. With remarkable restraint and understatement, Fletcher (I Am Wings: Poems About Love) conveys the bewilderment and grief as each of the Abernathys reacts to this loss. A hopeful ending implies that Brad's memory will live on in the family's exchanges. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
(PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Roger Sutton (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 1995 (Vol. 48, No. 9))
In a series of linked, short-story-like episodes, twelve-year-old Cliff recalls what turned out to be a rough year in his family's life. It's a big family-six kids-and while sibling tussles are the order of the day, bonds remain strong even when second-grader Teddy seems doomed to sit in exile beneath the kitchen table forever for his various transgressions, or when lone sister Cyn decides she'd much rather belong to the vegetarian family down the street. None of them is prepared for the sudden death of eight-year-old Brad in a bicycling accident, and, truthfully, neither are readers, for Brad, despite a memorable evening when he ate the heads off of everybody's marshmallow chickens, is fictionally the least developed of the family members. While we perhaps aren't as saddened by the death as we seem meant to be, the grief of Cliff and the others is palpable and honest in its range of manifestations. References to a grandmother's having fought for suffrage and an uncle's having fought in World War II seem to set the book sometime in the 1960s or early '70s, and the book has the quality of an affectionate family memoir, with humor triumphing over sadness and funny specifics (punishment goes for naught when it's discovered that Teddy likes life under the table) that give the book a warm particularity. R--Recommended. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1995, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1995, Clarion, [160p], $14.95. Grades 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Cliff Abernathy is 11 years old, but he’s not an ordinary elementary school kid. As the oldest in a family of six children, he has a lot of responsibilities--and patience. When Cliff looks back over the last year, he has plenty of stories to tell about his parents, his four brothers, and his sister, especially since the Abernathys like to do everything together. Through holidays and weekdays, ups and downs, Fig Pudding brings you into the busy world of a big, close family. As you follow Cliff from one Christmas to the next, you’ll learn what a yadda-yadda is, how the headless chicks got to be that way, how the family weathers a tragedy, and other wonderful bits of family lore. Ralph Fletcher is the oldest in a family of nine children, so he has vivid firsthand experience with life in a large household. Through Jeff Woodman’s spirited narration, Fig Pudding dishes up generous helpings of the energy and good humor that fill the Abernathys’ days. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 95756, $30.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p1999.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Prince Frederick Md.: Recorded Books, 1999

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
3 sound cassettes (3 hr. 30 min.):
PZ7.F634 (808.899/282)
0788731815
0788731971
9780788731815
9780788731976
An unabridged recording of the book.
"Fiction on Cassette with Book."-Cover.
In container (23 cm.).
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996

Media Type: Language Material
136 p. ;
PZ7.F634 ([Fic])
044041203X
9780440412038
A Yearling book.
New York: Clarion Books, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
136 p. ;
PZ7.F634 ([Fic])
0395711258
9780395711255

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