Ashy girl named Lizzy uses her love of apples to assuage her fears about starting school in Kleven's (The Wishing Ball) latest. Lizzy adores the apple tree on her family's property throughout the year, particularly in the fall when it offers "apples for crunching, apples for munching, apples for applesauce, cider, and pies." Nervous that she won't have any friends at school, she picks her favorite apple to bring with her, giving it an "apple-twig body." drawing a face on it and naming it Susanna. However, her classmates tease her about her unusual doll ("Her brains are apple seeds!") and the next day Lizzy leaves Susanna at home, making her feel quite lonely. As could be expected, Susanna's organic nature soon makes her less than "fresh" and Lizzy's mother offers a solution-they peel the apple and soak it in lemon juice, resulting in a wrinkly, well-preserved doll ("She looks like a little grandma!" Lizzy excitedly exclaims). Lizzy proudly brings the new Susanna to school and inspires the entire class to make dried apple dolls of their own. Youngsters may be moved to do the same, and Kleven provides detailed instructions for parents and children to craft friends of their own to conquer heading-to-school fears. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Apple Dollby Elisa Kleven
Lizzy loves the big apple tree in her yard more than anything. So when the first day of school comes, she picks a beautiful apple, turns it into a makeshift doll she names Susanna, and takes it along to keep her company. But her teacher tells her that dolls aren't allowed at school. Even worse, her sister says that Susanna won't last forever. Then Lizzy's mom shows
Lizzy loves the big apple tree in her yard more than anything. So when the first day of school comes, she picks a beautiful apple, turns it into a makeshift doll she names Susanna, and takes it along to keep her company. But her teacher tells her that dolls aren't allowed at school. Even worse, her sister says that Susanna won't last forever. Then Lizzy's mom shows her a way to turn Susanna into a real apple doll. And with the help of Susanna the Apple Doll, Lizzy overcomes her shyness at school and makes plenty of new friends to bring home to play in her beloved apple tree.
Detailed, delightful collage illustrations accompany this sweet story about one girl's success in bringing together her home world and her school world. Instructions for making an apple doll just like Susanna are included!
“Kleven provides detailed instructions for parents and children to craft friends of their own to conquer heading-to-school fears.” Publishers Weekly
“A plot summary does little to recreate the charm of this well-written picture book.” Starred, Booklist
“A sweet story about accepting change, working together, and forming new friendships.” School Library Journal
“Bright, textured and bold.” Kirkus Reviews
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Meet the Author
ELISA KLEVEN has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Wishing Ball. She lives in Albany, California.
I’ve always loved creating little imaginary worlds. Though I didn’t study art formally, I was fortunate to have a mother who was a printmaker and a grandmother who was a sculptor. So I had lots of encouragement—and art supplies—while growing up. When I was a child, I was not as interested in drawing as I was in making little people and animals to play with. Paper was magical—I could create characters on it, cut them out, and lose myself for hours making up stories about them. I also loved creating dolls and creatures out of clay. I put together an enormous dollhouse and furnished it with all sorts of recycled stuff: lacy rugs made from paper doilies, paintings made from postage stamps, cradles made from walnut shells, a garden of flowered cloth.
Until I was seventeen, I lived in Los Angeles. Then I left to study at U.C. Berkeley, where I received a B.A. in English and later a teaching credential. After reading to young children as a teacher for several years, I had a strong desire to make my own books. Picture books combine what I love most—art, imagination, and children—and creating them is endlessly challenging and full of possibilities.
Most of my illustrations are done in mixed-media collage—a flexible, playful medium. I snip and glue old scraps into new shapes: a snippet of wool becomes a lion’s mane; a scrap of lace becomes a curtain. And I’m still making characters out of paper and paint, giving them stories and worlds.
I live in Albany, California, with my husband, Paul; daughter, Mia; son, Ben; and our young dogs and cat, who all inspire me. I hope that my books will inspire children and their own powerful impulses to imagine and play.
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