Apple picking season is upon us. My kids love it. They enjoy being outside, tasting the fresh apples and of course climbing a tree or two to pick some of the really high ones. Knowing that we'd be apple picking soon, I went to the library and grabbed a few books about apples including "One Green Apple" by Even Bunting. In our early post, A Person's a Person No Matter How Small, we highlighted this book as initiating a great conversation with kids. Right now is wonderful time to read this book with your children because it is so timely in so many ways.
One of our favorite websites, GoodReads, described the book perfectly:
Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.
Ted Lewin’s gorgeous sun-drenched paintings and Eve Bunting’s sensitive text immediately put the reader into another child’s shoes in this timely story of a young Muslim immigrant.
GoodReads is a fantastic place to broaden your children's reading horizons. If you have a book your children particularly enjoyed, they will give you other suggestions that are similar. There are reviews by other readers as well as lists for all ages that include the book. My two children are at completely different reading abilities as well as content level and these book lists have allowed me to further each of their reading appropriately.