Apples to Oregon

  • Apples to Oregon

July 29, 2008
Ages 4-8

Apples to Oregon has been selected as the winner of the 2009 Time of Wonder Children's Book Award. Read more...

Winner of the Spur Award

Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text

ALA Notable

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.


Publishers Weekly, starred reviewPrepared to perfection and served up with style, this historical nugget imagines an interlude in the life of cookbook pioneer Fannie Farmer.

New York Times Book ReviewCharming...clever...deliciously subversive, [it] yields new treats with every reading.

Booklist, starred review[A] delightfully humorous story about cooking and personal achievement.

Philadelphia InquirerA happy combination of text and art.

School Library Journal, starred review A whimsical look back to when it all began.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review Delicious!

Lesson Plans

Apples & More

A to Z Teacher Lesson Plans

Apple Unit - North Canton Schools

Johnny Appleseed Apples Activities Page

Apples A Peel to Me Kindergarten/First Grade Lesson Plan
by Olga Moreno

Literature Based Apple Unit

History of Fruit Growing in Oregon

Pacific Northwest Garden History