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Apples to Oregon (edition 2004)

by Deborah Hopkinson (Author), Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

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Member:KelseyPrentice
Title:Apples to Oregon
Authors:Deborah Hopkinson (Author)
Other authors:Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
Info:Aladdin Paperbacks
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Apples, Oregon, Traveling West

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Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) across the Plains by Deborah Hopkinson

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I liked this book for a couple of reasons. First, the plot of the book was well put together. The book starts off with the main characters father building a nursery wagon. The fathers plan is to travel with the nursery wagon from Iowa to Oregon. Although the father gets made fun of, he has hope that he can get his plants to Oregon. The family goes through challenges when traveling with these plants but eventually make it to Oregon. Because of the incidents that happen through the trip there is so much suspense on whether the family will lose the plants or not.
The second thing I liked about this book is the illustrations. The illustrations really enhance the story because they showed the family working together to save the nursery. On one page it shows five different actions that the family members were making to save the nursery from falling into the river. The illustration even overlapped the text which I thought was great. On this specific page the water from the river splashed into the text.
Overall, I think that this books message is that you can do anything you set your mind to and that family is the key to success. ( )
  Scrane4 | Mar 15, 2014 |
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audience: 3-5th
Apples to Oregon is a book about a family’s journey westward along the Oregon Trail, where they transport fruit plants and the adventures they encounter along the way. It is a tall tale, but also portrays the hardships the protagonist Delicious faces while travelling with a large family of young children and fruit trees. I will use this book to highlight the role and plight of women who traveled west into new territory leaving their homes behind and how they carried fruit trees to remind them of home. I can also show the students more about the Oregon Trail and how people traveled on it to get more land in the west. ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 27, 2014 |
This well-illustrated story of a girl named Delicious whose family travels from Iowa to Oregon taking along their beloved fruit trees. While the story does mention some of the hardships faced on the trail such as river crossings and mountains, the main focus of the book is on getting the trees across rather than the family. I think my greatest problem with the book is that the father seemingly placed a greater importance on his beloved fruit trees than upon his own family. This would be a good read for a young reader whose ancestors traveled the Oregon Trail, but I'd want to tell the child that his own family cared about the fate of the children making the venture than upon the possessions. The story itself is based in part upon a family that did take trees from their former home to Oregon. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jan 31, 2013 |
I think that this is a great book for kids to have fun with, but also learn about traveling the world in a covered wagon and also learning about where different places are in the world. This book also has a great message of being happy with what you have.
  Crystal.Axelson | Dec 8, 2012 |
This book is about a father who takes his family from Iowa to Oregon. He is obsessed with his fruit trees and plants them in a small wagon to take with them. When the plants have to travel across the river, through a drought, and through cold nights it's up to the family to save them. His daughter "Delicious" does everything she can to save these plants and when they finally get to Oregon, everyone lives happily ever after and is thrilled.
Critique (Genre): This is a good example of historical fiction (and a tall tale) because many families did choose to move west with their families, so it was very historically based. However, most father's are not more concerned with fruit trees they are trying to transport than their own family. The author did add a historical piece relating to everyone else moving west to California for gold.
Media: Oil Paint ( )
  KelseyPrentice | Nov 4, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 141696746X, Paperback)

Apples, ho!

When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can't bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too. But the trail is cruel -- first there's a river to cross that's wider than Texas...and then there are hailstones as big as plums...and there's even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries. Those poor pippins! Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy's eye) is strong -- as young 'uns raised on apples are -- and won't let anything stop her father's darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil.

Here's a hilarious tall tale -- from the team that brought you Fannie in the Kitchen -- that's loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer.

Apple Facts

More than 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.

About 2,500 varieties grow in the United States.

The apple variety Delicious is the most widely grown in the United States.

Apples are part of the rose family.

The science of fruit growing is called pomology.

Fresh apples float. That's because 25 percent of their volume is air.

Cut an apple in half, across the core, and you'll see a star shape.

It takes apple trees four to five years to produce their first fruit.

It takes about thirty-six apples to make one gallon of apple cider.

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A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.

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