Friday, January 8, 2010
An Apple Pie for Dinner
Reading An Apple Pie for Dinner, based on an English folktale, reminded me of this day of bartering. In the story, Granny Smith (what? no Granny McIntosh or Granny Gala?) has all the ingredients for an apple pie except for apples. She does have nice plums so she sets off on a journey to trade them for apples. Along the way, she meets different characters and trades items on her search for apples. Eventually Granny ends up with apples and makes a pie to share with all of the people with whom she has bartered.
Susan VanHecke's retelling of the folktale would make a good lesson on text structure. Problem/solution, cause and effect, and sequence are all clearly evident in this story. It's also a good character lesson in that Granny's kindness is eventually rewarded. Carol Baicker-McKee's mixed media bas-reliefs remind me of the old Rankin-Bass holiday television specials and will be a curiosity for students used to more traditional illustrations.
Check out this website for activities related to the book.