An Apple Pie For Dinner


Granny wants to make an apple pie for dinner. She has all the ingredients except one: APPLES! She only has plums. So she takes her plums to see if she can trade someone for apples. She finds someone who will trade feathers for her plums, and what follows is a cycle of bartering for various goods (feathers, flowers, gold, a puppy). At the last stop, she finally finds her apples and invites EVERYONE to her home, where they all work together to make the apple pie and, of course, eat it! 

Young Readers (3, 5):
My boys enjoyed the book It was wonderful to talk to them about trading and trying to help other people out to meet their needs. I picked it the first time and they picked it other times.

Parent Perspective:
I loved the book. Granny was a loving and giving character. She ALWAYS gave what she had before she learned what the other had to trade in return; and she accepted whatever she was given, trusting that, in the end, she might find her apples. The artwork is phenomenal - it appears to be a collage-relief, using polymer clay and mixed media such as fabric, ribbon, trim, etc. It is very creative, colorful, and interesting in and of itself. Makes you want to take a closer look to investigate.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a story with colorful, beautiful illustrations and a fun story. The message is great and although it doesn't say "Thanksgiving" it would be a great pick!

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This picture book has a house-that-jack-built and a Jack and the Beanstalk quality to it.
Educational Themes:

Economics of the bartering system. Working together/cooperation. Helping your neighbors.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Read with boys ages 3 and 5.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy ... or at least make it a priority to check this out from the library. There is a recipe for an apple pie at the end, which makes this a great book to extend into other areas. If you live in an area where you can buy local apples, pair this with a tri

Title An Apple Pie for Dinner
Author Susan VanHecke
Publisher Two Lions © 2009
Illustrators Carol Baicker-McKee
ISBN 9780761454526
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family
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