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K-Gr 2-Mr. Tiffin and his class from How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (Random, 2007) head out on a field trip. As the students tour Farmer Hills's orchard, they are introduced to many varieties of apples, get a chance to pick some, and watch how cider is made. Mr. Tiffin also gives them a special assignment: "Show me a little red house with no windows and no door, but with a star inside." The children offer many guesses, but it is Tara, the daydreamer among them, who solves the riddle while thoughtfully munching on an apple core. Karas's detailed pencil and acrylic illustrations show the youngsters engaged in lots of hands-on learning, from examining an old tractor to recording their observations in a notebook. A page of apple facts is included. This engaging story will spark fruitful curriculum discussion.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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While most of Mr. Tiffin’s students hurry out to the school bus for their field trip, Tara, daydreaming again, walks at her own pace. At the apple orchard, Mr. Tiffin asks his class to ponder this riddle during their tour: “Show me a little red house with no windows and no door, but with a star inside.” Farmer Hills leads the tour of her apple trees, storage barn, and cider press. As the children explore the farm, they think about the riddle. In the end, Tara discovers the answer. An appended page of “apple orchard facts” rounds out the presentation. Though the farmer offers plenty of information during the tour, the students’ natural-sounding comments and conversations keep the text from sounding too purposeful, and the riddle’s solution brings the story to a satisfying conclusion. Karas’ distinctive pencil, gouache, and acrylic pictures illustrate the story with their own quirky charm. This sequel to How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (2007) is enjoyable as well as informative. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375847448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375847448
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher-Award winning author Margaret McNamara has written more than two dozen books for young readers, among them the popular Fairy Bell Sisters chapter books and the Robin Hill School series for early readers. Many of the ideas for her books come from her daughter's school days, or her own. Margaret and her family live in New York City, and spend as much time as they can during the summer in Maine.

"Margaret McNamara is a pen-name," says the author, whose real name is Brenda Bowen. "I write under the name Margaret McNamara because it was my maternal grandmother's name. The real Margaret grew up a very long time ago in County Clare in Ireland, and she was one of the few girls in her village who could read."

Margaret has just completed work on fifth and sixth Fairy Bell Sisters books (about Tinker Bell's Little Sisters); those two titles will release in summer and fall of 2014. Her most recent picture book is "The Apple Orchard Riddle," another book about the students in Mr. Tiffin's class, who first appeared in "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin." Next up from Margaret is a new adventure set in Mr. Tiffin's class, "A Poem in Your Pocket," to be published on Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015. She is researching a picture book biography of Melville Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on October 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love when books can teach a lesson. Not just character building but occasionally you come across a book that includes a little more thought and maybe a little science too.

Mr. Tiffin is taking his class on a field trip to an apple orchard. He has tasked his class with solving a riddle, "Show me a little red house with no windows and no door, but with a star inside".

As the young class learns about apples varieties and picking and then later on to pressing and cider making, Tara is deep in thought. The classroom daydreamer that seems to try the patience of the overachievers, Tara has taken Mr. Tiffin's riddle to heart and with each new experience, she is turning over Mr. Tiffin's words until she has solved the riddle.

This is a great book for teachers to add to their shelves. Each fall as they head back to school and ponder how to incorporate science and art, they can read this book and then have the students make apple prints to show off the stars.
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The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara
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As the students tour the orchard, they learn a lot about apple production. They are challenged with a riddle by their teacher that they try to figure out as they tour the orchard. The children work through the riddle but none of them could figure it out. They spend time learning how to pick apples, make cider and all the different types of apples.

Tara is different from all the other students in her class and seems to be in her own world. She is usually the last one to get anywhere and doesn't seem to mind being alone. She's smart and inquisitive and is the only one that figures Mr. Tiffin's riddle.

This book is fun and educational at the same time. The children are shown the process of running an orchard step by step. Along the way they are given facts about apples or asked questions that make them think. I love that Tara is different and that's ok. It may take her a little longer to work through things but in the end she will figure them out.

I think this is great because not all kids learn the same way and the book recognizes that and it's ok. The book is beautifully illustrated with nice flow. Lilly enjoyed this book and still talks about the riddle. We give The Apple Orchard Riddle 3½ stars.
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By jay_vee_zee on July 29, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My kids really like this book. I think it's a little long, but it they pick it up every once in awhile and read it again.
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