Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;Apples, ho!andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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...and then there are hailstones as big as plums...and there's even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries. Those poor pippins! Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy's eye) is strong -- as young 'uns raised on apples andlt;Iandgt;areandlt;/Iandgt; -- and won't let anything stop her father's darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil. andlt;BRandgt; Here's a hilarious tall tale -- from the team that brought you andlt;Iandgt;Fannie in the Kitchenandlt;/Iandgt; -- that's loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;Apple Factsandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;More thanandlt;/Bandgt; 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. andlt;BRandgt; About 2,500 varieties grow in the United States. andlt;BRandgt; The apple variety andlt;Bandgt;Deliciousandlt;/Bandgt; is the most widely grown in the United States. andlt;BRandgt; Apples are part of the andlt;Bandgt;roseandlt;/Bandgt; family. andlt;BRandgt; The science of fruit growing is called pomology. andlt;BRandgt; Fresh apples andlt;Bandgt;float.andlt;/Bandgt; That's because andlt;Bandgt;25andlt;/Bandgt; percent of their volume is air. andlt;BRandgt; Cut an apple in half, across the core, and you'll see a andlt;Bandgt;starandlt;/Bandgt; shape. andlt;BRandgt; It takes apple trees andlt;Bandgt;four to five yearsandlt;/Bandgt; to produce their first fruit. andlt;BRandgt; It takes about andlt;Bandgt;thirty-six applesandlt;/Bandgt; to make andlt;Bandgt;one gallonandlt;/Bandgt; of apple cider.
"The creators of Fannie in the Kitchen present another satisfying slice of Americana in this capricious caper, loosely based on a true story. 'My daddy loved growin' apples. And when he got ready to pull up roots and leave Iowa for Oregon, he couldn't bear to leave his apple trees behind,' states the vivacious young narrator, with the fitting name of Delicious. Her father builds two large wooden boxes, fills them with 'good, wormy dirt' and fruit trees, and loads them onto a wagon. 'Oh, and by the way, he took us along too,' she adds. As the girl's colloquial account follows the family of 10 across country, Carpenter's oil paintings provide effervescent particulars, such as Daddy bowed out at the front of the wagon, leading the team of oxen, while Delicious, addressing the audience full-on, nearly misses her ride West. Carpenter's brushstrokes, both delicate and broad, plus her rubbery characters add up to a more rugged style than her fine line renderings in Fannie, yet the artwork conveys just as much humor. Youngsters will revel in the fact that it is only through the efforts of inventive and indefatigable Delicious that the precious cargo survives its journey through hail, drought and frost to Oregon, where father and daughter plant a successful orchard. Daddy has the delectable last word: 'Delicious, you'll always be the apple of my eye.' This tallish tale is sweet to the core. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"In lively, image-rich language, Delicious tells of rafting the baby trees across a perilous river; protecting them from wind and hail with skirts, bonnets and petticoats; finding water for them in an old boot; and fanning away Jack Frost with smoke from a campfire. Nancy Carpenter's bright illustrations capture the exuberant spirit and the humor as well as many details." The New York Times Book Review
This uproarious tall tale from the creators of "Fannie in the Kitchen" makes the perfect introduction to learning about apples and the Oregon Trail, and is loosely based on the true story of Henderson Luelling, a real fruiting pioneer. Full color.
About the Author
Nancy Carpenter is the prolific illustrator of andlt;i andgt;Apples to Oregonandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Abe Lincolnandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Fannie in the Kitchenandlt;/iandgt;, as well as several other titles published by Simon andamp; Schuster. She also illustrated andlt;i andgt;Sittiand#8217;s Secretsandlt;/iandgt;, which won the Jane Addams Picture Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.