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Once I Ate a Pie

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It's a dog's life!

Every dog has a tail to wag . . . and a tale to tell. Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest asked a collection of canines to speak up—and so they do, in words, barks, and yips. Captured here are accounts of happy days filled with squeaky toys, good smells, plenty of naps, and the very important jobs they do for the people they love to love.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published April 25th 2006)
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Sep 30, 2008 Linden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Linden by: Appreciation for the author
Can you imagine a book of poetry that could hold a first grade class spell-bound until the end? Once I Ate a Pie is that book! Maclachlan has written fourteen poems about dogs, each in the voice of a different breed. While each kind of dog has its own characteristics, each poem reflects both that and perspective of an individual.

Every illustrated two-page spread has an image of the dog who authored that poem. It's hard to say how this could have been any better: the oversize oil-painted illustr
Feb 16, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book depicts different kinds of dogs and their thoughts about themselves. I can imagine students giggling at some of the things the dogs say. In class, I would use this book with younger children to get them thinking about writing from other perspectives. I might put a picture of a dog on the board and have students write about what they imagine the dog would say about its life if it could.
This also makes me think of a project we could do with the students using craft materials such as pip
CH13_Caitlin Murphy
Mar 13, 2013 CH13_Caitlin Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"Once I Ate a Pie" was a delightful read. The book is a collection of poems written from the point of view of different dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, lazy dogs, rambunctious dogs, and all the dogs in between. The poems are written in free verse in a concrete style that dances across the page. Any dog owner will nod their head in agreement to the insights of a dogs life provided by the authors. Katy Schneider provides excellent illustrations that made me want to cuddle up with each of the featured ...more
Jeana Wert
Oct 13, 2013 Jeana Wert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book out of all the Children's notable books i have read. I love dogs (probably more than people) so i really enjoyed it. First, i really loved the pictures. The illustrator did an amazing job with the detail of each dog. I also really enjoyed the different ways that the words were set in the book. They weren't in the usual same box format. They were scattered and it gave the book personality. I also loved that each page explained the personality of each dog and how that dog ...more
Fabiola Cortes
Nov 27, 2015 Fabiola Cortes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: week-7-poetry
This is my first poetry picture book for week 7.

I really enjoyed reading this poetry picture book. I was creatively written and it portrayed a variety of dogs and their perspectives. The book is structured well and it consists of having each page realistically illustrated with a different dog and a poem that goes along with the illustration. The text is purposeful and it adds meaning to the poem to allow the reader to understand the words in the poem.

This book is great to share with students of
Maddie Watson
Sep 22, 2014 Maddie Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Once I Ate a Pie" by Patricia Maclachlan and Emily Maclachlan Charest depicts a story of a dogs life which gives reasoning behind many of the quirky traits that dogs and puppies have. From making it clear that they "do not steal" they "borrow"; to listing the things that they don't want to do because they would rather sleep; to wondering why their humans call them "Cute"; each dog has something to say and something to show in their own words from the dog's perspective. The illustrations and the ...more
Diamond Luster
Nov 30, 2014 Diamond Luster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I didn't care to much for this book (there was no cohesive story line or moral), my first graders adored it. They constantly wanted it read to them during carpet time! What I loved about this book is how the students related to it. Many of the students got really possessive over the dogs featured throughout the book (That's my favorite dog! Pick another one!). They had so many reasons as to why this book was their favorite, that I turned it into a writing prompt.

The way in which the word
May 06, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I Ate a Pie is a must read for any dog lover out there. I honestly stood in the bookstore and cried while I read it - not because any dog dies (thank goodness!) but because it so perfectly captures the spirit and personalities in dogs. The illustrations are gorgeous and the text is original and delightful. I think dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this.
{My Thoughts} – This a a neat little poetry like book about dogs. The short little poems describe each of the dogs. It is amazing how different each dog can be in terms of the things they like, their background, their job, their personality and more. This book helps children to know that each dog is different but they are each special in their own ways.

The words within the book go hand and hand with the illustrations. The illustrations help to bring the words on the pages into a more believable
May 18, 2009 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute! Hard to pick a favorite, Gus seems most like my dog, but I've got a soft spot for Mr. Beefy and his pie...
Feb 07, 2014 MaryAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a hundred percent sure how kids will take this book but I liked it and I had a soft spot for almost every dog in the book. After the fact that this book is dog approved; that is passingly impressive. Each dog has a story that is seemingly told in their own words in a somewhat poetic format. The stories are by turns funny, poignant, gross and comedic in terms what the dog tells and what people may see.

The universal story; every dog is different by breed and individuality. I might read th
Janet Squires
An assortment of dogs of various breeds, shapes and sizes offer canine perspectives on what they do and why. Each of the free-verse poems express the unique personalities of the dogs. Lucy, the rescued shelter dog sleeps safely cuddled with her human. Have one.

There's a pug who is not above stealing food when the opportunity occurs. Know one!

The dog who "borrows" things but forgets to give them back is here as well. Yes, the sock-thief too.

Chances are, if you have a canine sharing your life, you
Mar 09, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well now, here is a book that was, from beginning to end, a very fun and enjoyable reading experience! Once I Ate a Pie is made up of short vignettes told from the perspectives of many different dogs of a variety of temperaments. Some of the dogs seem to like everyone, to love getting petted and just being in the company of other people. Some of them don't care much for people or animals outside of their immediate sphere of influence (namely, their own house), and do their best to prevent other ...more
(NS) Laura Jackson
Nov 15, 2009 (NS) Laura Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is a themed book that has a collection of poems about many different types of dogs. The poems include both the names and breeds of dogs describing their appearance and their personality. The dogs in this book love their squeaky toys, their naps, and especially getting into mischief. The dogs tell their story from their perspective, including one dog that ate a pie, another who loves slippers, and a third who likes to herd people like sheep. This collection of poems does a great job of getti ...more
Mar 12, 2011 595AJ__Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Once I Ate a Pie, by Patricia Maclachlan, is a must read poetry book for dog lovers. This collection of dog poems is told through the dog's perspective. The author playfully uses words and arrangement of text shape and font size to describe a variety of dog types from a pug (Mr. Beefy) who loves to steal food, to an old Saint Bernard (Luke) who likes to sleep and dream about when he was young. The illustrations in this book are exceptional and capture the sweetness, charm, and playfulness of eac ...more
Sarah BT
Dec 30, 2009 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this make me re-discover the joy of poetry. The poems are funny, heartfelt, and just lots of fun. From Mr. Beefy, the dog who sheepishly admits that "once I ate a pie" to Gus, the dog who always wants to be near his people, there is a dog in this collection for everyone.

The illustrations are simple, and not that colorful, but they do fittingly show each dog's personality. I think readers will have fun recognizing the dog breed that goes with each poem. (How fitting is that the Pug is
Patrycia Hayes
Dec 10, 2012 Patrycia Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest consists of a series of mini-poems each telling the stories of the lives of puppies as they see themselves; these poems are written through the perspectives of the puppies. This is a non-fictional book that would most likely be comfortable reading for beginning readers or children in kindergarten. The words used in the book are very simple and easy for someone who is new to reading to understand. In addition to the use of simpl ...more
Jenna Cohen
Oct 17, 2012 Jenna Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is my third Picture book review.

I am a big dog lover! A teacher read me a poem last spring from this book about yorkies (my dog is a yorkie poo). I put this book on my goodreads list and forgot that I never actually read it. Today during lunch, I was flipping through the books in the poetry section of our library. I knew I had to read this one and bring it to class for our poetry discussion!

I am a very partial reviewer as an animal lover, but I ADORE this whole book. I was surprised to find
Mar 12, 2012 L12_Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Once I Ate a Pie by Paticia MacLachlan is collection of poems about dogs. The author writes about 14 different breeds of adorable dogs that bring their personalities to life. The illustrations are done in watercolor and add to the beauty of the poems. The author, who also wrote Sarah Plain and Tall, does a great job of bringing to life the personalities and characteristics of each dog for the reader to enjoy. I enjoyed the playful way that the words were displayed on the page, while keeping in m ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I am not thin, but I am beautiful





looking, I steal tubs of butter off the table.

I take them to the basement to eat in private.

Once I ate a PIE."

Once I Ate a Pie (2006) is a collection of poems written by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan with illustrations by Katy Schneider.

In this delightful collection thirteen dogs tell all about everything from being small, barking, to "borrowing" bread from the table. The poems fill the page in large, easy to read print that bends a
Micayla Johnson
Sep 21, 2016 Micayla Johnson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el230
I thought this book was kind of cute. I picked it out because of the cute little puppy that is on the cover. I thought the pictures were cute throughout the whole book. I thought the words throughout the book would be a little difficult for a younger kid/ student to read. The way the words are different sizes was a little weird and I felt like it didn't really fit the story. I also thought that there were a few jokes in the book that younger kids would not understand.
Sep 22, 2016 Relyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Jill VanderBaan, librarian
Most years this is the most popular book I have at the Poetry Scavenger Hunt.

Classroom Connections
Each February we have a big poetry unit in my classroom. One of the things we do is a Poetry Scavenger Hunt. We have at least 50 poetry books on display in the room and I begin the unit by book talking each book briefly. This takes me at least a week because I read a poem from each book. Then, the kids choose what appeals to them. They can read anything they want in any fashion they wish. The only
Nicole Eschweiler
Mar 01, 2015 Nicole Eschweiler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is a wonderful collection of poems that are written from a dog's point of view. They are from different types of dogs and are about different things that they like, or don't like. It ranges from them confessing that they stole food, to how they feel when they are a puppy. The pictures in this book are adorable and students are sure to love them. If children love hearing about dogs, they will love hearing these poems.
Nov 29, 2015 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as one of my poetry picture books.

I loved this book. It is written through the perspective of a variety of different dogs. Each page has a different dog with a poem and large realistic picture that matches the poem. The text for each poem is written creatively to enhance the meaning. For example, words like big are bigger and words like beautiful are curved. If you have a dog you will especially appreciate this book. I found myself thinking that is so true as I was reading the d
Nicole Angelo
I'll just start off by saying that anything with a pug on it will get 5 stars on it over and over again! :) This book is one of my favorites. Everything about it is perfect. The way the author writes the words making them big and small and bouncy is so fun for kids! The illustrations are so nicely done it looks like you can pet and play with the dogs right on the page! Such a cute book!
Maria Wong
Goodreads Bookshelf Book (2 out of 4):

Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan is a collection of poems about puppies. I'm a puppy lover and would love any books about animals, especially dogs. However, I found some of the text may be too difficult for young readers to understand. Not every child or reader can really understand the different personalities of the different dogs. The readability is a little more on the difficult side, especially if you're a teacher of ELL students. The illustratio
Dec 06, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-books
Once I Ate a Pie

Grades: K-2nd

Schneider illustrated this poem book with big, bold “Paintings”. The graphics such as a big bulldog with an upside down pie plate lead the reader into the poem. The images are so appealing that the reader may not want to look at the text so the author printed the text in a sometimes bold, sometimes small, straight or curvy and very amusing way. The poems do not rhyme but they have a rhythm that carries the reader through each one. As a child I would be very drawn to
Leslie Brevard
Nov 14, 2009 Leslie Brevard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
2nd and 3rd grades
Schneider gets the children’s attention by using the dogs on her pages she makes them look almost real with her paintings. The text is very interesting she uses curves on the pages and a step up step down technique, some of the letters are larger than the others which helps the children to emphasis on those words. There is repetition and rhyming on the pages which keeps the reader’s attention and also keeps the attention with a different dog on each page. Many children can rela
Laura Mcclanahan
Oct 22, 2013 Laura Mcclanahan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 544
Genre- Poetry

This cute book describes different dogs. Each poem is named after a lovable pet, and the text that follows is free form, each one a little unique. Some of the text has larger words, or tiny print to emphasize a feature about the painting of the dog/puppy that accompanies each poem. Also, some poems have words spread in an arc or at a slant across the page, all for the purpose of creating a more concrete-poetry style of writing.

The paintings that accompany each poem are watercolor, w
Maggi Rohde
May 14, 2015 Maggi Rohde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, poetry
Best, best, best first person point of view poetry. Best dog poetry (and I am not a dog person). Best paintings. Best language, from one of the best of the best. I cannot tell you how great this is for reading aloud.
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Patricia MacLachlan is a bestselling U.S. children's author, best known for winning the 1986 Newbery Medal for her book Sarah, Plain and Tall.

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