Who doesn't love apples, the fall and, perhaps most of all, Monica Wellington?
According to the publisher, Apple Farmer Annie is appropriate for 3 to 7-year-old children. However, I started reading this book to my son when he was 16 months old and he loved this book's illustrations. So keep that in mind because I do believe the lessons from this wonderful book have the potential to seep into even the youngest developing minds.
I highly recommend this book. A particularly lovely book to read during the fall season, Monica Wellington's Apple Farmer Annie, is a colorful story about a resourceful farmer named Annie. Annie appears quite young but certainly knows how to harvest apples and that she does into the sauce, cider, and delicious treats, which she sells at the local farmers market. Although presented rather simply, the book provides ample opportunity to discuss goods and services, what it takes to run a farm (the growing, organizing and selling of the apples) and the economics of growing apples and then selling them.
Apple Farmer Annie
Your children, although they may not have answers that are close to reality (how much would you charge for an apple? They reply: a dollar or penny, will have the opportunity to begin thinking about these types of topics and questions. The book does not provide answers to the questions so you and your child have a blank slate to use your imagination.
Beyond teaching your children about selling apples, this book provides a wonderful lesson about food growing, cooking and eating.
– The pictures are colorful, fun and provide numerous teaching opportunities for parents and caretakers. My 16 month old is learning colors and numbers. For example, count the trees in the orchard, count the apples and have your child point to the sun and ask what is the color of the sun?
– Go apple picking, or simply pick up a few apples from your local market. Talk about the apple as you read through the book, the color, the shape, what it tastes like and the various foods you can make with an apple.
For slightly older children:
– Talk about the harvest and what it might take for Annie to grow the apples. For example, does she hire people to help her? How does she pay for materials, labor, etc?
– Ask your children about how much they might ask customers to pay for an apple, sauce, cider or a treat. Go further to talk about revenue and profit.
Perhaps the greatest part of this book is that it provides a perfect ending as Wellington provides three recipes for Applesauce, Muffins, and Cake.