ONE GREEN APPLE by Eve Bunting

ONE GREEN APPLE

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Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lewin’s sunlit watercolors, full of space and shadow, are a lovely match for Bunting’s simple but never simplistic story. A girl named Farah in her second day at school visits an orchard with her class. She has no “outside-myself” words yet. This place where girls and boys can sit together, and where she is the only one with a headcovering, seems very strange to her. But the dogs in the orchard crunching the fallen apples sound like her dog in her home country. Each child is to pick one apple to bring to the cider press. Farah chooses one that is small and green and fits in her hand, a bit different from the others, just as she is. When they make room for her, she helps push the large handle to make the cider and then takes a drink. Belches, sneezes and laughter sweet and sour sound familiar to her. “App-ell,” she finally says aloud. While making its point, this is a very gentle story about being new and different, with the author delivering her message in her classically subtle style. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: June 12th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-43477-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2006




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