Storytime: Apples in Autumn

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Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson & illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson & illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson & illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

When the first apples of the season–Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold–show up in the city markets, it’s time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. Eden Lispon’s lovingly recounted description of a family’s applesauce-making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste. Mordicai Gerstein’s paintings are full of the colors and flavors of the season: red apples, orange leaves, blue skies.

The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven

The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven

The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven

Lizzy loves the big apple tree in her yard more than anything. So when the first day of school comes, she picks a beautiful apple, turns it into a makeshift doll she names Susanna, and takes it along to keep her company. But her teacher tells her that dolls aren’t allowed at school. Even worse, her sister says that Susanna won’t last forever. Then Lizzy’s mom shows her a way to turn Susanna into a real apple doll. And with the help of Susanna the Apple Doll, Lizzy overcomes her shyness at school and makes plenty of new friends to bring home to play in her beloved apple tree. Detailed, delightful collage illustrations accompany this sweet story about one girl’s success in bringing together her home world and her school world. Instructions for making an apple doll just like Susanna are included!

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson & illustrated by Jonathan Bean

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson & illustrated by Jonathan Bean

These are the apples, juicy and red, that went in the pie, warm and sweet, that Papa baked… for guess who!

The Apple King by Francesca Bosca & illustrated by Giuliano Ferri

The Apple King by Francesca Bosca & illustrated by Giuliano Ferri

The Apple King by Francesca Bosca & illustrated by Giuliano Ferri

Once there was a king who owned a fine apple tree that no one else in the kingdom was allowed to touch. One day something terrible happens-worms invade all the apples on the tree! The king is outraged. He tries everything-bribes, force of arms, magic-to drive the worms away. But the worms refuse to leave. They are there for a purpose, as the king will soon find out. In a story that’s as sweet and satisfying as a delicious red apple, a selfish king discovers that pleasure shared is pleasure multiplied.

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. “Save one for me,” calls the farmer. But what about the farmer’s wife? Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!

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