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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

by Marjorie Priceman

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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. 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. ( )
  rschin1 | Mar 30, 2014 |
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 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........ ( )
  Whisper1 | Jan 27, 2014 |
This is an adventuresome little story! The illustrations are warm and happy too. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
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 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. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 14, 2013 |
Cute story which takes the reader all over the world looking for ingredients to make an apple pie.
  givingtree1 | Jan 6, 2011 |
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Illus. in full color. An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.

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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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