Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Picture Books of the Season

Here's a fall favorite of ours -- one that gets trotted out year after year.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World  is a clever world geography lesson disguised as instructions for making an apple pie "if the market is closed." 

 The market's on a main street in a pretty cute town. But it's closed, you see, so you've got to make the apple pie the hard way. 

I mean, the really hard way. Which includes sailing to Sri Lanka to harvest cinnamon from the bark of the kurundu tree. (And to France for eggs, and Jamaica for sugar cane, and Italy for semolina wheat, etc.)

After all that globe-trotting, it's time to roll up the sleeves and make the pie. 

And share it with some friends, a la mode or otherwise. 

Recently we also discovered Ms. Priceman's companion book, How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. Same premise, different destinations and ingredients. Getting the sand from Hawaii to blow into glass to make your measuring cups gives whole new meaning to the phrase "made from scratch."

A few other Thanksgiving picture book favorites -- a little cornucopia, if you will: 
Cranberry Thanksgiving -Great springboard for a little discussion about judging folks by appearance
Over the River and Through the Wood - The poem, as an illustrated board book.
Squanto And The Miracle Of Thanksgiving - Historically edjumacational. C'mon. It's not Thanksgiving without a nod to Squanto. 

Happy Reading! 


Stephanie said...

Great book ideas! Will need to check out the cherry pie book, as it has recently been requested we make one. I may not make mine legally "from scratch" though.

Anonymous said...

It's great to share favorite stories with my kids from when I was a child! All the "Cranberry" books were favorites, as well as Miss Suzy by Miriam Young.
We really liked How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World when we read it last year(although our apple pie wasn't very tasty...).
Thanks for the ideas!