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The Apple Orchard Riddle

by Margaret McNamara

Other authors: G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

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Learning about apples at Mr. Tiffin's orchard. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
"The Apple Orchard Riddle" was a good book, but not a great one. This book was very simple, sweet, and engaging. It told the story of a class that was going on a field trip to an apple orchard; while they were there learning all about apples, they had to figure out a riddle as well, which was: Show me a little red house with no windows and no door, but with a star inside. The book was told through the voice of a narrator and it was very easy to follow along with. I did like this book because it did explain a lot about apples and what can be done with them. The story also narrowed in on a young girl who was very quiet and kept to herself, which I liked because a lot of the time stories focus more on the loud, outgoing people. The illustrations in the story were very good at displaying what the author was writing. Especially with the young, quiet girl Nora who kept more to herself; the illustrator showed this in his drawings. I believe that the overall message in this story is that you don't have to be the smartest or most outgoing person in the class in order to figure out a riddle, or do well on anything in general. ( )
  bridgetmcnamara | Mar 2, 2015 |
The Apple Orchard Riddle is a story of one class's field trip to the apple orchard. The students are asked a riddle at the beginning of their field trip that they must answer after their tour. When reading this book to students the riddle is a capturing moment that keeps them connected to the reading and trying to figure out the answer. As the students are enthralled in figuring out the riddle throughout the book they are also learning about the apple orchard. All types of apples are taught, and the process of making apple cider. Children who are growing up in farm and orchard areas can relate to this while students in suburban areas can learn something new. Children in the suburban areas may even find a new interests in orchards and the process.
Also, to incorporate a science lesson would work really well. At the end of the book are "Mr. Tiffin's Apple Orchard Facts". These are all real facts about apple orchards, the apple itself, and what goes on at an orchard. To the suburban students who don't know much about orchards this would be a new, eye opening lesson that they would enjoy. Maybe, this book could even be read before their own field trip! ( )
  crieder95 | Jan 30, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375847448, Hardcover)

Mr. Tiffin and his students from the perenially popular How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? are back in this picture book about a school trip to an apple orchard! In this playful, humorous, and child-friendly classroom story, the students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards—including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are—while trying to solve a riddle. The book also celebrates how some children learn differently than others. Margaret McNamara and illustrator G. Brian Karas bring us another fun and educational picture book.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:53 -0400)

When students in Mr. Tiffin's class are invited to solve a riddle during a field trip to an apple orchard, it is Tara's daydreams that may lead to the answer.

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