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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Hardcover – February 22, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (February 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679837051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679837053
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A yen to bake sends a girl on a worldwide shopping spree to gather ingredients for that favorite all-American treat, apple pie. Priceman ( The Tiny, Tiny Boy and the Big, Big Cow ) is a master of whimsy (the chicken chosen to lay the eggs, for example, falls to earth in a parachute). Energetic watercolors radiate an offbeat nostalgia; although they're not moored in any particular period, they contain an appealing jumble of details, from Edwardian (an antique pram; turn-of-the-century millinery) through the present day (a yellow school bus). Priceman addresses her audience directly, an astute device that draws readers in and lets them accompany the pinafore-clad, Madeleine-esque cook on her travels, from the Italian countryside (she's there for the semolina wheat) to Sri Lanka (for cinnamon, from the bark of the kurundu tree) to Jamaica (for the sugar cane) and home via Vermont (the apples, of course). At last, the pie is baked and feasted upon by the girl and all the friends she has made on her travels. For those inevitably salivating by the final page, a recipe is included. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-In this whimsical, geographical shopping journey, a young baker thinks of how to proceed if the market is closed. She directs readers, via various modes of transportation, to gather seminola wheat in Italy, a chicken (for its egg) in France, bark from the kurundu (cinnamon) tree in Sri Lanka, a cow (for butter) in England, salt water and sugar cane in Jamaica, and apples in Vermont. Processing the worldly ingredients is quickly handled, a pie is baked, and friends are invited to share. A look around the table reveals children from all of the countries in which the foods have been found. A recipe for apple pie appears on the last page. The brightly colored pictures are fanciful, revealing cheerful, busy people working in towns, fields, and forests of the various countries. The purposeful girl in a green pinafore collects her ingredients with enthusiasm and good cheer. A lighthearted, pleasurable selection.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It is whimsically well written, and the illustrations are fantastic!
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It is great cross curriculum book ( can use it for geography, math, science, language arts, and social studies) as well.
Ice Queen69
My 5 year old son - into Spiderman and other superheros nonetheless loves this book and asks for it every night.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Woolcott on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
A beautifully illustrated book that will provide entertainment as well as many learning opportunities as you travel the world in search of the ingredients necessary to bake an apple pie. Children learn that food does not come from the grocery store - it has to be grown, harvested, milled, and prepared before it arrives magically on the dinner table. Your children may come to a new appreciation for the things normally taken for granted, and learn valuable geography lessons in the process. Maps and suggestions for an apple tasting party are included. I love this book!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Erin O. on August 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
"How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" is a truly delightful book. A young lady attempts to make an apple pie only to discover that her neighborhood grocery store is closed. She then goes home packs a bag and takes her readers on a globe trotting journey to gather the necessary ingredients. She takes her readers to far corners of the globe to gather fresh spices, seawater to make salt, and always-fresh apples.
This is a wonderful story to share with a young child. It will help to expose young children to global interest and how food arrives in their own homes. The book also includes a map to help readers find where they have been taken on their journey. A wonderful story for adults and children!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Luke on December 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
My five year old, my wife, and I loved the story. The plot was zany enough to catch my child's attention. Good wholesome reading and eating. If you read it, make sure you have apple pie (and ice cream if you wish) ready.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Woolcott on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This fun book teaches children that food doesn't just magically come from the grocery store - it has to be grown, gathered, or made by someone. As the girl in the story learns, food we use daily comes from all over the world. She learns a valuable geography lesson as well as she travels the world to gather the ingredients for making apple pie. With beautiful color illustrations, maps, and ideas for an apple tasting party, this book is a treasure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My 3-year old daughter was so captivated by this book that she regularly wants to "make an apple pie". Whenever we go to the beach, she is sure to fill her "jar" with salty seawater. And she tells others about the "kurundu tree" where cinnamon comes from. (This was new to me also!) Every time we go to the library, she asks the librarian herself if the Apple Pie book is in. I'm giving it to her for Christmas. She loves it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Williams on March 27, 2007
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We had so much fun with this book! We used it with the Five-in-a-Row Homeschool curriculum and enjoyed it so much. Besides being a really neat children's book in general, there is a lot to learn about geography and language and other cultural benefits in this book. I recommend this one for any kid who likes to read or be read to. We have enjoyed it very much - it is one we had to have in our home, not just borrow from the library! Can't say enough!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nina on June 16, 2005
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My 5 year old son - into Spiderman and other superheros nonetheless loves this book and asks for it every night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on September 5, 2009
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Delectable is the word for this whimsical flight of fancy around the world. It begins with a girl opening a cookbook, and the narrator states, "Making an apple pie is really easy. First, get all the ingredients at the market. Mix them well, bake and serve. Unless, of course, the market is closed." In that case, it's time for a steamship voyage to Europe for semolina wheat, a train ride to France for a chicken (which will lay a fresh egg upon arriving home), a boat trip to Sri Lanka for cinnamon (peeled from the kurundu tree under which a leopard is napping). On to England for a milk cow, and Vermont for apples.

When the cheerful protagonist arrives home (by airplane, don't want the ingredients to spoil), she prepares the ingredients and serves up a warm pie for all her friends (sans ice cream, as the market is still closed). The book ends with a recipe for apple pie.

This story is a wonderful early introduction to the concepts of trade, culture, and cooking, and for thoughtful readers may provide an opportunity to discuss the effect of globalization on national economies. It's infused with a lighthearted wit and and gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "As American as apple pie." A delicious excursion.
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