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Children's LiteratureIf you have ever had young children ask about the origin of food in a market, here is a book to help answer their questions. Annie is an apple farmer and lives in her apple orchard. After picking and sorting her apples in autumn, Annie processes apples into cider, sauce, muffins, cakes and pies. The best apples are set aside to be sold fresh. Annie loads her truck and drives to a farmers' market in the city. After selling every item, she returns home feeling content that she owns her own farm. The book's main text is in Spanish and is a translation of the original English text, which is in smaller type and placed below it. The translation is simple and spare, mirroring the English perfectly. Each page of text is framed with bold illustrations accompanied by a drawing of Annie in action. Some of the frames have words that are only in English, such as "apple sauce" and "cider." Translations of these words are included in the book's final pages along with recipes for apple sweetbread and apple sauce, which appear only in Spanish. The same simplicity that makes the book appealing for younger children also makes it rather one-dimensional. Annie is somehow able to do all the work that a viable apple farm requires without any help. However, as Annie harvests in the fall, sorts her apples, and follows recipes, the book provides a fun way to teach math and science within the classroom. 2004, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 5 to 7.
—Michelle Negron Bueno