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Apples to Oregon (edition 2004)

by Deborah Hopkinson, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

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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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Wonderful history piece, of a very persevering man who before the Gold Rush crossed the plains in a wagon with his entire family from Iowa to Oregon, bringing apples an other fruits to the area. Ideal story to share especially with those students studying about the Oregon Trail, and build their background knowledge, by mentioning all the familiar places named in the book (Portland, Columbia River, Milwaukie). I can also see this book being relevant and interesting to migrant students who already know about the fruit orchards, and can share their experiences when moving to one place to another with their families. I like the rhythm and the sound accent in which is being written, as well as the introduction of nursery rhymes and song from those days. The design in the pictures are noticeable and explicit to convey the meaning (e.g. big fonts for onomatopoeia for the danger situations). Definitely, this colorful historical fiction beautifully painted in oil, is a good selection for setting a purpose for reading and explore genres, access and use prior knowledge, and for asking and wondering. Excelente!
  eearly15 | Jul 24, 2016 |
Review: A absolutely wonderful story about how apples came to Oregon. This version of the story is said to be slightly true, with a few adjustments by the author throughout. It truly is an adventure how the trees made it all the way here from Iowa. The authors additions to the story make it fun and relatable for kids as well.

Uses: I would use this story to talk about different journeys on the Oregon trail. I also would love to use this story to show great writing, and how the author put their own twist on a true story to make it fun.

Genre: Historical fiction- This is a real story about a family that moved to Oregon but it is not 100% accurate. Names of people and some of the ways in which the apples made it to Oregon were not factual.

Media: Oil Paint
  swallace14 | Mar 16, 2016 |
In tall-tale form, relates the true story of Henderson Luelling who left Iowa with his wife, eight children and a wagon carrying 700 plants and fruit trees to resettle in Milwaukie, Oregon, and establish the state's first orchard. The plants survive through river crossing, desert heat, pounding hailstorm and Jack Frost. (But the illustrations never show traumatized trees; they all look full and fine.) Apparently Luelling was the man who introduced the Bing cherry in honor of a Chinese foreman who worked in his orchard.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a cute story about a family that moves to Oregon
  NatalieCJones | Nov 25, 2015 |
I liked this book because I thought Delicious was a great character for the story. The message of the story is about perseverance and Delicious did just that on her family's journey to Oregon. She has a really big heart and is always willing to help her family, like helping her mom make biscuits in the morning and building a fire when it was cold at night and "fighting" Jack Frost from ruining the family's apples trees. I thought it was engaging story because as Delicious and her family continued on their journey, they were always faced with some sort of obstacle. The plot was very well organized and paced. The illustrations really brought the story to life as well. The colors really brought to life the setting of a dry midwest, a lot of yellow, brown, and greens. Overall, I thought it was an easy, enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in reading a somewhat adventurous and humorous tale. ( )
  blim3 | Oct 15, 2015 |
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Carpenter, NancyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed

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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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