How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)

by Marjorie Priceman

Paperback, 1996



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Dragonfly Books (1996), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages


Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe.

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LibraryThing member ht_storytime
Kids have fun guessing and following along with the ingredients
LibraryThing member jrjohnson1
This book is about traveling around the world picking up diffrent types of igredients for an apple pie. Great illustrations.
LibraryThing member h_clark
This is a fun story that takes the reader to a variety of places around the world to gather ingredients. I love all the different places she goes and how the illustrations reflect the varied places she travels.
LibraryThing member 9001toshiko
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2.But if the market happens to be closed... YOU CAN EAT IT PLAIN!


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LibraryThing member bogreader
I loved this book for its combined fact and fantasy. Yes, you could get an egg from France, however you probably wouldn't bring it along on your world travels so that you could have a fresh egg. Now imagine the milk. Yes, you can get cinnamon in Sri Lanka, but an elephant probably wouldn't hoist
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you above the leopard sleeping at the base of the kurundu tree so you could get the tree's bark. The book contains a pie recipe and guidelines for an apple-tasting party.
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LibraryThing member givingtree1
Cute story which takes the reader all over the world looking for ingredients to make an apple pie.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
A young girl, wanting to make an apple pie but finding that the local market is closed, when she goes to buy some ingredients, embarks on a whirlwind tour in this fantastical picture-book from Marjorie Priceman, gathering everything she needs in various countries around the world. Harvesting wheat
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in Italy and sugar-cane in Jamaica, obtaining a fancy hen (for eggs) in France, a very polite cow (for milk) in England, and the bark of a kurundu tree (for cinnamon) in Sri Lanka, she eventually finds herself stateside again, stopping off in Vermont for apples. Preparing each ingredient - this is definitely not the quickest way to make a pie! - she eventually prepares a delightful dessert. When she finds she needs ice cream, however, and discovers that the market is (still!) closed, what will she do...?

I enjoyed How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, which was chosen as one of our August selections, over in The Picture-Book Club to which I belong, where our theme this month is "traveling." The matter-of-fact silliness of the premise here, as the girl heads off on a great adventure, in order to get some common ingredients, is entertaining, and the colorful artwork appealing. I think young readers will find Priceman's book engaging, while also being led to think a little bit about where some of those common ingredients come from, or how they are produced. There's a world of work behind every product we buy, and it's nice to see a sweet little children's tale communicating that so effortlessly, without ever becoming didactic.
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LibraryThing member dukefan86
This is an adventuresome little story! The illustrations are warm and happy too.
LibraryThing member Whisper1
This cute book is filled with illustrations that reminded me of the Madeline books.

Making an apple pie is easy.. If the local market is closed, all you have to do is catch a steamship to Europe, find semolina wheat, hope on a train to France to find a prize chicken and to encourage the chicken to
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lay an egg, take it with you on your travels.

Travel nexxt to Sri Lanka for the very best cinnamon, then on to England for a prize cow that will produce wonderful milk...take the cow with you on your future travels. Cast away on a boat to Jamaica to dip a jar in the salt water then when you land, trek to the sugar cane fields and bring some home. Don't forget the apples in Vermont.

Come home, bake the pie, invite some friends and then, if the market is closed and you need milk........
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LibraryThing member rschin1
I liked the book “How To Make an Apple Pie and See The World” by Marjorie Priceman for three reasons. First, the events and setting of the story are impossible, which makes it fun for readers to imagine they are in the main characters shoes. “Take your shopping list and some walking shoes.
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Then catch a steamship bound for Europe.” Second, the multicultural book allows readers to see different ingredients that you can get all over the world. For example, the young girl goes to Italy for semolina wheat, and France for eggs. All of these ingredients from all over the world can make an American Dessert. This may open student’s eyes to the countries that surround them. Third, the plot is set to make students predict what is coming next. It is suspenseful because readers are always wondering where she will travel next and what she will get. A big idea shown in this story is culture and diversity and how each countries culture can offer something to America.
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LibraryThing member mnorth2
This children’s book is about a girl who travels all around the world for ingredients to make her apple pie because the market is closed. She goes from Italy to France to Sri Lanka to England as well as Jamaica and Vermont all to find the ingredients to make her apple pie.

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book really opens children’s eyes to see where different foods come from. I really liked how they talked about many different places. It creates a sense of unity in the book that even though we know now that these foods come from these certain places, we have a mix of foods available to us everyday.
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
A cute and preposterous idea for a story. A young girl, setting out to make an apple pie, finds the market closed and travels around the world to get the ingredients she needs. This could be used as an introduction to cooking, learning where ingredients come from and travel. Couple of inaccuracies
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bothered me though. When she gets the semolina, she grinds up the stalks and all to make her flour. To make butter, she churns the milk. The sugar cane is boiled in water and used how? I realize this story is for fun, but I don't think it would have taken a great deal on the author's part to be a bit more accurate in some of those details. Am I being too harsh? If this is a pure nonsense book, I guess I am. I suppose I was hoping for something a bit more.
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LibraryThing member WindyB
This is a fun book about the where different ingredients are grown around the world. This would be good with a table full of the book's ingredients raw and refined for the students to explore.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I really did want her to see more of the world. Many too many stops in different European countries. The page on cinnamon from Sri Lanka was wonderful, though. And it's cute. Get it from the library, don't buy it. Rough map and recipe included.

Re-read August 2012. Opinion hasn't changed. ;)
LibraryThing member KristenRoper
Priceman strikes a wonderful balance between information about world agriculture, such as how cinnamon comes from kurundu trees in Sri Lanka, and silly story-telling, such as identifying an English cow by her polite manners. I especially love that this story challenges the convenience of simply
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buying ingredients at the store and instead educates about how different types of food that we eat every day come from all over the world. Also included are a recipe for apple pie and a map. C loves the whimsical touches in the illustrations, like everyone parachuting out of a plane and the chicken laying her egg in a hat.
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Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — 1996)
Carolyn W. Field Award (Winner — Children's — 1995)
Reading Rainbow Program Selection (Selection — 118 — 1996)
Notable Children's Book (Younger Readers — 1995)


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Physical description

9.5 inches


0679880836 / 9780679880837

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