One Green Apple

One Green Apple

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"While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples"--T.p. verso.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9780618434770
0618434771
Branch Call Number: E
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewin, Ted

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"While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples."


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On her second day in her new school in a new country, Farah takes a field trip to an apple orchard. She doesn’t speak English and isn’t sure she likes her new home. None of the other girls wear a dupatta on their heads and she isn’t used to boys and girls being in the same class. But as the day continues, she notices some things that look, sound, and smell the same in any country. When each child picks an apple to add to the apple press for cider, Farah chooses a little green apple that’s different, like her. As she helps the other children turn the crank and sees the apples blending together, she starts to realize that she can blend in here, too, while still being herself. The story is told through Farah’s internal dialogue as she observes life on the farm and her classmates. I felt it was very realistic. For example, Farah wants to tell the teacher that she isn’t stupid, she just doesn’t understand the language, but of course she can’t. I liked that the children were friendly and welcoming, but it does mention that a few of them look at her coldly. The lovely watercolour illustrations in this picture book are filled with sunshine and express Farah’s emotions vividly, especially when she laughs with her classmates. This is a lovely story about coming to a new place and starting to feel a sense of belonging. (Submitted by Gayle).

ArapahoeJody Mar 06, 2018

Eve Bunting has written a lovely book about the immigration experience. The illustrations by Ted Lewin are beautifully executed. However, there is one wee little mistake that deserves caution. The girl in the illustration is wearing a traditional hijab. The text describes this as a dupatta. A dupatta is the shawl that is worn over the shalwar kameez by women in India. Additionally, the Bibliocommons description states the girl is Muslim. This cannot be assumed. The publishers description as well as the other critical reviews do not assume a religion.

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BookEMonster
Nov 29, 2017

The title is perfect, and this story really captures both the feeling of being an outsider, and how shared events bring people together without non-verbal communication. I really liked it.

faizamalik Nov 05, 2012

This is a very wonderful story. My 6 yr. old and I discussed what it must feel like to move to new country, if you dont speak the language. How do you make friends? How do you deal with being different. I am looking forward to re-reading it to him again.

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