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The Apple Pie That Papa Baked

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Folksy artwork enlivens tasty web-of-life tale.

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age 2+

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age 2+

Cute book to read with Papa

This is a cute and funny book that my two year old loves to read with his Papa. It is a compiling rhyme and does a good job illustrating consequence in a fun way.

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THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED is as homey as Gramdma's kitchen, yet it's modern, rich, and even scientific. In simple language that is also poetic and true, Lauren Thompson tells the heartwarming story of how the apple pie comes to be, including a quick introduction to the whole ecological web of life. And, as a final loving touch, she adds that the true enjoyment comes in sharing the pie with all the creatures on the farm. With that, the circle is made complete.

Retro illustrations by Jonathan Bean add a folksy kind of wholeness to the story. The pigtailed girl's excitement as she wakes to follow her gangly farmer father to the field, the changing expressions of the farm animals that join them, the gnarled branching of the apple tree, the wide-eyed sun that hangs in the sky over-looking it all ... these, and other, detailed images are done wholly in yellowish-brown and black, with the dash of red for the apples highlighting each scene. Even Bean's artistic process, which he describes as the layering of three vellum pages each printed in a separate color, adds to the richness of this cumulative story.

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