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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 (with audio recording)

Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

The slightly true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains.

Apples, ho!

When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can’t bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too.

But the trail is cruel. First there’s a river to cross that’s wider than Texas, then there are hailstones as big as plums, and then there’s even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries.

Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy’s eye) won’t let anything stop her father’s darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil. A hilarious tall tale from the team that brought you Fannie in the Kitchen that’s loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer.

Photo Credit:

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her onlinw at DeborahHopkinson.com.

Photo Credit:

Nancy Carpenter is the acclaimed illustrator of Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt, Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine, Fannie in the Kitchen, and Loud Emily, among other books. Her works have garnered many honors, including two Christopher Awards and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at NancyCarpenter.website.

Publishers Weekly, starred review Prepared to perfection and served up with style, this historical nugget imagines an interlude in the life of cookbook pioneer Fannie Farmer.

New York Times Book Review Charming...clever...deliciously subversive, [it] yields new treats with every reading.

Booklist, starred review [A] delightfully humorous story about cooking and personal achievement.

Philadelphia Inquirer A happy combination of text and art.

School Library Journal, starred review A whimsical look back to when it all began.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review Delicious!

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee
  • Booklinks Lasting Connections
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books
  • SCBWI Golden Kite Award
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Blue Hen Book Award Nominee (DE)
  • Volunteer State Book Award Nominee (TN)
  • Show Me Readers Award Final Nominee (MO)
  • Spur Award (Western Writers of America)
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee (MD)
  • Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Reading List
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Oregon Book Award Finalist
  • Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award (OR)

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