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Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

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
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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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The genre of this book is historical fiction. It follows the story of how a girl and her family crossed the US with apple trees, and many other fruit trees. Her daddy was intent on making it to Oregon, no matter how foolish it seemed to bring trees across the desert. Through "Delicious'" help, the fruit trees managed to cross rivers, stay watered in the desert, and make it over big rocks, until they were finally planted in the fresh Oregon soil. This would be a good book to read with younger grades if studying pioneers and how people came from the east to the west. ( )
  athena.j | Jun 13, 2015 |
This cute book is a historical fiction that tells the tale of bringing fruit across the United States by Pioneers. It is told through the daughter of a pioneering father and will sure to bring giggles to the classroom. It is appropriate for beginning readers. ( )
  jenniferm14 | Mar 9, 2015 |
This historical fiction book starts off in Iowa with a family heading to Oregon. He does not want to leave his apples or any other fruit so he builds a box and fills it with as many trees and plants that will fit. As they venture to Oregon, they are stopped by the Platte River. The others standing on the bank doubted him and told him his trees are going to be brown before he gets there. Instead of doubting himself too, he built a raft. With the help of his children he got all the trees across. The next obstacle was a storm where the family had to work together to protect the peaches, grapes, and other goods. They continued onto a dessert where they found very little drops of water to keep the plants alive. After the trees and plants were almost drowned, pounded by hailstones, and nearly died from drought, they made it to Oregon and planted the trees. This story is for older Elementary grades.
  dluby17 | Feb 25, 2015 |
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 |
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Deborah Hopkinsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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