The Blueberry Pie Elfby Jane Thayer
illustrated by Seymour Fleishman
One day the people who live with Elmer, who was a little elf, baked a blueberry pie. The minute Elmer had a chance he jumped right into that rich, melting pie and ate till his elfin stomach bulged. It was delicious, and Elmer wanted another one right away. But nobody can see an elf, or hear an elf, or feel an elf, so none of his people knew he was trying to tell them something. Then, when Elmer was unhappily sampling cherry pie, he had an inspiration! But, dear reader, we can’t give the ending away. Let’s just say that Elmer’s ingenious solution satisfied his craving for blueberry pie and, being a polite elf, he thanked his people.
Elmer has been the most appealing and industrious elf around for more than fifty years, and he’ll continue to delight children for generations to come. Seymour Fleishman’s charming illustrations transform our familiar household world into the tiny world of elves.
“This is one of my 5 year-old twins’ favorite books in the whole wide world: The Blueberry Pie Elf. I think we could read it every day and it still wouldn’t be enough to satisfy him.” —Sarah MacKenzie, Read-Aloud Revival
“Originally published in 1961, this winsome picture book has a certain innocence not often found in picture books of today.”
“The Blueberry Pie Elf has all the charm of a storybook from the 1940s and the illustrations (by frequent collaborator Seymour Fleishman) share that simplicity. This lovely story of Elmer the elf and his overwhelming desire for a blueberry pie will appeal to kids and the adults who read to them.”
—Cape Cod Times, December 14, 2008
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