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Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains (Golden Kite Awards) Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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Delicious and her daddy are two of a kind. They both love their beautiful Iowan fruit orchard. And they'd give everything they have to preserve and protect those awesomely tasty trees. So when Delicious's daddy decides that the family should pull up stakes and head for Oregon, it's only natural that the trees should come along with. Trouble is, it's hard enough to get a family the size of Delicious's across the plains (there are eight or so children), let alone finicky fruit bearers. But her daddy's determined, so off go Delicious, her mother, father, and seven siblings to make it to Oregon.Read more ›
Unlike the game, there's no dysentery, crooked traders, stampeding animals, or cranky settlers. Instead, a plucky family travels from Iowa to Oregon with a gigantic wagon holding a holding a whole orchard of fruit trees: Apples, plums, cherries, pears, and peaches. The book is more enjoyable than I expected, given its resemblance to the game, mostly because of the colorful girl, "Delicious," who narrates the story, and the sometimes silly obsession of her fruit-minded father. When "Delicious" (at least her father didn't name her "Gravenstein") alerts us "Daddy was ready for the most daring adventure in the history of fruit," you know you're in for a clever and exciting tall tale.
On the way to Oregon, the family encounters nasty skeptical fellow travelers, weather changes, and natural obstacles. They build a raft and start paddling the Platte River, the "muddy drink started to pull us down":
"'The peaches are plummeting!' my sisters shouted."
"'The plums are plunging,' boomed my brother."
"'Don't let my babies go belly-up!" howled Daddy.
Apparently, Daddy's has unbounded concern for the apples of his eye...and he also loves his kids.Read more ›
This story features Ma and Pa, their eldest daughter, Delicious, and a whole host of little ones. It amused me that the family was more concerned with the plants getting water rather than themselves. Read how they managed to get across the Platte River only to then find themselves in a big storm trying to protect the trees with their clothes - "petticoats, trousers, hats - even Daddy's drawers!"
Great book! Happy reading!
Both my son and I loved that you could really hear the narrator's voice in the story, in terms of both the way she speaks, and in the way she spins her yarn. It's a wonderful story, and the illustrations are terrific too.
Tall tales are a great way to introduce exaggeration and humor in literature, and is a genre that pre-schoolers and school-age children tend to appreciate.
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I love this book! It is a fun story, rooted in truth. Fun pictures, too. My kids (2 to 10) really like it, too.Published 4 months ago by Mama Hoff
I bought this book for my granddaughter, who lives in Oregon. I wanted her to learn a little bit about the history of her state. This is an awesome story.Published 6 months ago by gail chism
Told in the form of a tall tale, but inspired by an actual historical event, APPLES TO OREGON is a story about a family from Iowa that sets out to Oregon in a covered wagon filled... Read morePublished 11 months ago by tvtv3
This was a fun book for my kids. We wore it out reading it. Funny and captivating. The illustrations are as funny as the story line and I love books that can be used as a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rhoda