Now that I’ve been blogging over a year, it’s fun to look back on posts from one year ago and reminisce. Like Timehop, but bookish. We have been enjoying last year’s Fall Faves once again this year, and we’ve come across a few more that I’d add to my (very short) list of seasonal favorites.
As I mentioned last year, I’m traditionally not a big fan of seasonal and holiday books. But, there are a few that move beyond the marketing opportunity and present a story that’s worth catching up with annually. Here are our additions this autumn:
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall follows an apple tree through a year, in tandem with the robins that nest in its branches. A nice “life cycle” book that adds a layer of interest with the inclusion of the robins. Also includes an appendix describing how bees help apples grow. We paired this book with these Life Cycle of an Apple cards and played memory and practiced sequencing.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. “Making an apple pie is really very easy. First, get all the ingredients at the market. Mix them well, bake, and serve. Unless of course, the market is closed.” And with that, the story takes readers on a worldwide adventure to gather ingredients, from harvesting wheat in Italy, Sri Lankan cinnamon from the kurundu tree, sugar plantations in Jamaica, eggs from French chickens and so on. Includes a more locally available recipe. 😉
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. Common fall elements are mixed up in this “silly” story: apples turn orange and pumpkins turn red, neighbors give stuffing and drumsticks for treats on Halloween. I predict that this one will be an even bigger hit next year in our house. Preschool Bookworm is 3.5; many of the “mixes” went over his head, but he laughed delightedly at the ones he caught.
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Titles mentioned in this post should be readily available at your local library, or at the Amazon affiliate links provided.