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4.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 5 4.43 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Fletcher Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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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.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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/20/2014

    " Fig Pudding is all about this one bot named Cliff who is the main charter of the story and is also the oldest of six. Then their grandma comes in and they have a ton of fun with her. In till their little brother gets very sick and has to go to the hospital. This is right before Christmas and their little brother that is in the hospital and he keeps saying he wants a "Yidda Yadda" and they really wanted to give it to him but they didn't know what it was. Till one day then found out he wanted a little ladder for his bed but they told them this on Christmas eve and so they all went home to build it. They took all night but they gave it to him on Christmas and he was super happy. Then later in the book Cliffs brother Brad dies when he is riding into a ambulance. The family spends a long time just being sad about it and even walking into the room made them cry or seeing their cloths. They don't cheer up till they got to this New Years eve party and The little brother steps into the fig pudding that the family all made together but they still serve it to the people the fig pudding. Then when they serve it everyone thinks its the best fig pudding ever and that makes the whole family super happy and made them laugh. The ended up telling the everyone that the little brother step into the fig pudding and that's the end. I really loved this book it was sad t parts but really funny at others. It was one of my favorite books ever and i think it was a easy read but it was a very good and heart touching book. I would read it again. I thought that the author did a good job telling you how it would really be living with that many people in their family and that's why i thought the book was so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Owen | 2/18/2014

    " Authors should realize that it's hard to read their books when your eyes are filled with tears. Ralph Fletcher, please take note! Being from a family of 6 I could relate to this family (there were 4 boys before I came along, and six years later my sister). We never had to deal with the tragedy in this book, but we certainly had some of the laughs and craziness written about in Fig Pudding. Thank you, Ralph Fletcher for sharing this beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M21koff | 2/11/2014

    " Really great book and i couldn't stop reading it. But it gets sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent juvenille fiction that deals with family realities; ie.illness and recovery of a young sibling and the accidental dealth of another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Llawrence123 | 2/7/2014

    " I thout the ending waS SAD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book! There is a part in it that made me cry like a baby but it's also got some funny parts. Great example of realistic fiction about a large loving family! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac Jeong | 1/23/2014

    " I think this book has many humors in it and I liked this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shrika | 1/15/2014

    " A unforgettable book filled with heartfelt memories and moments of the Abernath family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fathima Rahman | 1/3/2014

    " Working togethere as a family may show different characterist of family members. this book is sooooooo intersting! iread it in 5th grade . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gena Lott | 1/1/2014

    " This simple story about a family's life experience through one year is very realistically written and easy for a member of a larger family to empathize with. There are a few chuckles and a few sniffs to make it even more engaging. A fun story for the holidays without being "All Christmassy." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 5bisca_gabrielle | 12/30/2013

    " I thought it was a good book but no the best i have read. I felt it needed more details and more explanation. Throughout most of the book i was confused. But it still ended up being a good book. I didn't know why everyone was dying and what the point of it was. I recommend it if you want a sad book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 12/25/2013

    " This book is a definite favorite. Important lessons are learned in some chapters, and some are just funny. Fig Pudding is funny and sad, and I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/25/2013

    " this book is fun to read and sad at some parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jjo171 | 11/19/2013

    " Way good but kind of sad at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giggles | 10/26/2013

    " Pretty good book. Not the best. Great messgae throughtout the whole thing. Ready to start crying at the end. haha but it was very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/3/2013

    " I just finished reading this to my class of fourth graders. A neat story about an oldest child whose family is very unique. A steamy bowl of sadness- chapter 7 really took me by surprise-- even brought on some tears. Overall I enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 9/3/2013

    " AMAZING BOOK!! My new favorite book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 9/2/2013

    " Best book in the world wish it was a movie. I've read this around 6-8 times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samiha | 9/1/2013

    " This book is so sad. I love this book. I got really sad when A member of the family was killed because he hit an ambulance. I was suprised because an ambulance saves someone but n0w i see the ambulance KILLS a person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 8/15/2013

    " Unexpected ending. Very good book. Funny and heartwarming look at a family and their qwerks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee Dillon | 6/1/2013

    " A beautiful, touching story. I read it about once a year to remind myself I have a heart. haha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 4/8/2013

    " One of my favorite books. It makes me cry every time I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 10/15/2012

    " This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I really enjoyed it but would like to read it again. I feel if I read it again, I would really grasp the concept and emotion better than before. It's a very quick and easy read if you're looking for something short that you can just finish in a few hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 713 Alviea | 7/15/2012

    " This book is so sad. I love this book. This book had so may good parts. The saddest was when the brother dies. I read it twice. Once with my class and then by myself. I want to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon E | 5/14/2012

    " I read this book over and over as a kid and i loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Neuwirth | 3/29/2012

    " I will read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/20/2011

    " i love this book!!!! I would read it a thousand more times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tylers713 | 8/28/2011

    " this book is really amazing, you learn a lot about what its like growing up while being the oldest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/18/2011

    " I use this book as a read aloud with my students. It makes us laugh and makes us cry and have great conversations about family and life. Great for 5th/6th graders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 10-11 Connor | 7/24/2011

    " This book was very interesting and funny. I recommend this book to whoever likes funny but a little sad books. This was a great book and It is one of the best books i have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 6/8/2011

    " This is a story about a boy who is the oldest child from the family. He doesn't want to take care of his siblings. But his parents are wanting him because he is their oldest child. There are lots of things going on in his family. Even unexpected things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hhand123 | 3/31/2011

    " Its sad in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 3/2/2011

    " I read this a long time ago as a child and it still resonates with me this day. I am happy to own a signed copy of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/22/2011

    " A great story full of laughs and a chunk of unexpected sadness. I'm using this book with my at-risk reading group, I'm curious to see what they will think of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 713 | 10/27/2010

    " This book is so sad. I love this book. This book had so may good parts. The saddest was when the brother dies. I read it twice. Once with my class and then by myself. I want to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 713samiha | 10/27/2010

    " This book is so sad. I love this book. I got really sad when A member of the family was killed because he hit an ambulance. I was suprised because an ambulance saves someone but n0w i see the ambulance KILLS a person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 9/28/2010

    " This is a story about a boy who is the oldest child from the family. He doesn't want to take care of his siblings. But his parents are wanting him because he is their oldest child. There are lots of things going on in his family. Even unexpected things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faria.706 | 9/22/2010

    " It was a wonderful book about family! However, it is sad at the end. But still a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/22/2010

    " I use this book as a read aloud with my students. It makes us laugh and makes us cry and have great conversations about family and life. Great for 5th/6th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/15/2010

    " this book is fun to read and sad at some parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 8/27/2010

    " This book is about a family of 8 and there struggles. This is my all time FAVORITE book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 5/16/2010

    " I forgot how much I adored this book until I re-read it. "

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About the Author
Author Ralph Fletcher

Ralph Fletcher is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, from picture books to the illustrated chapter book Tommy Trouble and the Magic Marble to poetry collections for teenagers. His previous novels for middle-grade readers include Fig Pudding; Spider Boy, an ALA Notable Book; and Flying Solo, which received a starred review from ALA Booklist. His books have appeared on many state award lists. Ralph lives with his family in New Hampshire.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.