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Apple Farmer Annie/ Anna Cultiva Manzanas

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A delicious treat about America's favorite fruit is now available in a Spanish bilingual format. Ana grows and sells apples, and she makes cider and applesauce and muffins. A glossary helps kids learn the names of Ana's delicious ingredients in both languages. With tie-ins to math and science curricula and units on autumn, this book will be especially welcomed by teachers. Truly the pick of the crop!

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Overview

A delicious treat about America's favorite fruit is now available in a Spanish bilingual format. Ana grows and sells apples, and she makes cider and applesauce and muffins. A glossary helps kids learn the names of Ana's delicious ingredients in both languages. With tie-ins to math and science curricula and units on autumn, this book will be especially welcomed by teachers. Truly the pick of the crop!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If 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
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This simple story of an apple farmer has been translated into unadorned Spanish. From the harvest, through the processes involved in making cider, applesauce, and pastries, which she sells along with "las [manzanas] m s hermosas" at a farmer's market, Ana's round of continual work is represented as vocational and deeply satisfying. The translation is simple and loses some of the adjectival embellishment of the original, but is true in sensibility. The large-type Spanish text is on top of each verso with a smaller font, English translation on the bottom. The facing illustrations are clean and bright cartoons, with the shapes outlined in black or red. They have a busy, primitive charm, a cross between the work of Lois Lenski and Grandma Moses. Words in the illustrations have been left in English, but they are translated on an appended page. Two Spanish-language recipes, one for applesauce and one for apple muffins, are included. Use this title with Pat Hutchins's Ten Red Apples (Greenwillow, 2000) for a primary look at apples and apple farming. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525472520
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/22/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 495,882
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.78 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Wellington was born in London and lived in Europe until she moved to the United States at age seven. As a child she always loved to draw and paint, but it wasn't until she went to college that she realized she wanted to be an artist for her profession. She went to the University of Michigan's School of Art to earn her BFA and studied pottery, painting and printmaking. After art school, while traveling and living in a number of different countries, she had various art related jobs, which were all good background and preparation for doing children's books. She has both written and illustrated the majority of her books. She says, "I usually start a book visually, with an idea of what I want to paint pictures about. The pictures may come first before the words for me. Both the pictures and words go through many revisions, and I am often still working on the final words after I finish the pictures." She says that doing children's books is great. "I get to have a job where I spend my days doing totally what I love to do. And it is very gratifying that my work goes out into the world and is shared with other people. I feel incrediably lucky for all this!" Since 1994 she has taught illustration at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in New York City with her daughter Lydia.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

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    My 3 year old daughter loves this book!

    My daughter is already learning spanish because of this book, as well as the day in the life of a female apple farmer, a female run business, farmers markets and the fun of baking. She loves the pictures and the translation of english to spanish. I recommend everyone with a daughter to buy this book and include it in her library. She will enjoy this book for years to come. Parents will also enjoy reading this book to their child. It even includes recipes too!

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