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Fruits and Veggies

Ever wonder why a tomato is actually a fruit? This book explains exactly what a fruit is in simple terms that young children can understand.

It’s a perfect fall day and Amelia Bedelia is visiting her grandparents. When her grandmother wants to make an apple pie, Amelia is happy to help out!

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

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.

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

One family’s journey picking apples and making applesauce.

Desmond the field mouse wants to carve the biggest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood with his pumpkin. Clayton the house mouse wants to win the Biggest Pumpkin contest with his. But when they discover that their choice pumpkins are actually the same one, Desmond and Clayton decide to work together to grow the biggest pumpkin ever!

A visit to a blackberry patch, involving all 5 senses.

An introduction to growing a rainbow garden. Includes planting tips, a discussion on critter control, and fun colorful recipes!

This perennial favorite tells the story of Sal and her mother, who go to pick blueberries and encounter a mother bear and her cub. Both pairs plan to store up food for the winter and are surprised to encounter the other.