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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dragonfly Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679880836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679880837
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Singling out the "offbeat nostalgia" of the "energetic" watercolors in this tale of a round-the-world grocery trip, PW called Priceman "a master of whimsy." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is such a fun book to read to kids.
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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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It is whimsically well written, and the illustrations are fantastic!
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43 of 44 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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33 of 33 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. McClary on December 27, 2005
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We read this book as part of the Five-In-A-Row homeschool program, but have added it to our list of favorite bedtime story books.
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