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The Doorbell Rang [Paperback]

Pat Hutchins
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26 Oct 1989
Ma has made a dozen delicious cookies. It should be plenty for her two children. But then the doorbell rings--and rings and rings.Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made."Refreshing, enjoyable and unpredictable."--School Library Journal. Also available in a Spanish-language edition, Llaman a la puerta.

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (26 Oct 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780688092344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688092344
  • ASIN: 0688092349
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 21 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I tend to see the funny side of things," says Pat Hutchins. Whether it's the light, subtle humor of her first picture book, Rosie's Walk, or the slapstick comedy of Rats!, her special gift of humor is reflected in both words and pictures.

Pat Hutchins was born in Yorkshire, England, one of seven children, and grew up in the countryside of Yorkshire, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist.

She was encouraged by an elderly couple, who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school gave her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew.

She says she tries "to write about what children say and do," and she believes in very simple picture books for the youngest child. But her simple texts and wonderfully vivid pictures manage to convey the most complex emotions. She also has the rare ability to use such basic concepts as time, growth, and change to create imaginative, satisfying books for children. Her ideas come from a variety of sources: listening to her children and their friends, or sometimes from real situations. The idea for The Very Worst Monster came to her when her niece told her she wanted to give her baby brother away. Ms. Hutchins tempered the theme of sibling rivalry by using soft watercolors to make the monster family more lovable. The result is a delightfully wicked monster family that children will wish lived next door.

Pat Hutchins lives in London with her husband, Laurence, also an artist. They have two sons, Morgan and Sam.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doorbell Rang - Pat Hutchins 25 Jan 2004
I am delighted to find this wonderful children's book is still available. It is the delightfully told tale of baking a batch of biscuits that will be shared among some children. As the number of children increases (each time the doorbell rings and more arrive!) the number of biscuits for each child decreases.....until a freshly made batch of biscuits arrive. A superb introduction to sharing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with a maths theme 2 April 2013
Format:School & Library Binding
Good book for showing the concept of division. I used this book with my year 1/2 class and we wrote all the division sums on the board. It helped the children to think about the concept of sharing/dividing. They also enjoyed looking at how the pictures changed as the new characters came in e.g the cat moving etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great teaching resource to introduce division 2 April 2009
I recently used this with my year 3 class to help liven up the topic of division and they loved it! A brilliat book
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doorbell Rang 8 April 2011
The book was in good condition as stated. I did find the delivery a little slow which might have been have been the fault of Royal Mail.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A user friendly story with great illustrations. 28 Dec 1998
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I have got a lot of mileage out of this book. With my own son, it has brought back wonderful memories of his own Grandma's cookies. As a Day Care Provider, I have delighted my day care children with this story during "circle time". They would get a kick out of following the kitty in the illustrations. As an investigations math instructor, I have relied on this story for Grade levels 2&3 to explain the concept of fractions and division. Every kid that has heard this story, for whatever the reason, gives it a two thumbs up.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to Read 17 Jun 2000
By Gail A. Brewster - Published on Amazon.com
This book was one of my daughters favorites when she was little. She giggled every time I said, with great zeal, "And the doorbell rang"! My house has always been quite active which made this story perfect for us. For any parent with a busy life, this book with tickle you to the core. I enjoyed reading it as much as my daughter enjoyed listening to it. Truly a fun read!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for A Young Child's Library 2 Jun 2005
By PeaTee - Published on Amazon.com
How silly... they list the age ranges for this delightful book as 4 to 8 years of age; like 2 year olds aren't interested in cookies and friends!

In fact this small book is a good choice for any young child's library, especially as this is a story that can grow with a child. When they are really young it can be a tale about friendship and sharing. When they grow older, the sly parent can introduce a math lesson along with a reading lesson. (At first there are 12 cookies for 2 children, which makes 6 each. When 2 additional children visit that makes 3 cookies each and so on.)

This book was on my entering kindergartners summer reading list and we definitely agree that it is a great read. Certainly my just-turned 3 year-old and 5 year-old give this wonderful book two thumbs up.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Childeren of Any Age 12 April 2004
By Elizabeth Houston - Published on Amazon.com
This a great book for almost every child. I am an Education Major at Pima Community College in Tucson, Az. I work also work at a Pre-school and the childeren love this book (Childeren ages 12 months to 3 1/2 years). We read it atleast once a day. This is a great book because they don't know it but they are learning how to add and subtract, using cookies. It's great because if you read it aloud to them and then show them how many kids show up, then they start to realize how many cookies are actually there, and then it gets to how many cookies each child will get. The first time I read this book to my kids, they loved it and after the second time they stated to pick up on the subratcion part of the book and now every time we read the book they can come up with the anserws on thier own. It's really amazing to me how they will start to pick it up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doorbell Rang 15 Jun 2009
By Barbara Gault - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fun book that children will have you reading over and over. They will remember the words set by the mother and repeat them with you. There are lessons to learn here as well as the delight of having this read to them. First is the social lesson that no matter how many children arrive each time the doorbell rings, the family will share the cookies with them. The mother has baked a dozen cookies for her two kids to eat, so when each additional friend arrives the dozen is divided to share with the new kids. This teaches children to share and also gives them a simple math lesson in breaking up the original dozen. Just when it looks like each child will only get one cookie, the bell rings again and it's grandma with more. Kids won't notice but mom is mopping the footprints on the kitchen floor with more being added with each new friend coming in....she doesn't seem to mind the mess! Being published in paperback has made this an affordable edition to a child's library.
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