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Preschool

Follow the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature.

We have a special tree in our yard – an apple pie tree!
Colorful collage illustrations follow each season as an apple tree grows leaves, fragrant blossoms, and tiny green apples. Soon the fruit is big, red, and ready to be picked. It’s time to make an apple pie! Here is a celebration of apples and how things grow. 

Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits.

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Told in English with Cherokee translation.

 A little boy plants an apple seed, already envisioning the big apple tree it will someday be.  But when its  first fall comes and goes, and apples fail to appear on its branches the little tree begins to doubt its calling. How can the little boy find the encouragement needed to convince the young tree to give the seasons and years the time to work their magic? 
 

A debut book by Cherokee author Sandy Tharp -Thee told in English with Cherokee translation. The book includes a Cherokee syllabary, with illustrations by Oklahoma artist Marlena Campbell Hodson.

All about different kind of apples, including how they are grown and sold.

It’s fall and that can only mean one thing – time for a trip to the local farm for some apples and pumpkins!

How apples grow and what you can do with them.

All about apples in words and photographs, a great book for early readers.

One family’s journey picking apples and making applesauce.

Filled with recipes, stories, and book recommendations from children’s authors and illustrators, this book is a great resource to connect cooking with children’s literature.