Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story

Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story

by Anna Egan Smucker, Kathleen Kemly
     
 

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Paul and Lloyd Stark, owners of the Stark Bro’s Nursery in Missouri, were looking for the perfect apple. It would be sweet and juicy. It would bring them fame and fortune, and would be crowned Queen of the Apple World! Box after box arrived from farmers who were sure they had grown the perfect apple, but none of the apples was quite right.
Meanwhile, many…  See more details below

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Paul and Lloyd Stark, owners of the Stark Bro’s Nursery in Missouri, were looking for the perfect apple. It would be sweet and juicy. It would bring them fame and fortune, and would be crowned Queen of the Apple World! Box after box arrived from farmers who were sure they had grown the perfect apple, but none of the apples was quite right.
Meanwhile, many miles away in the hills of West Virginia, Anderson Mullins was inspecting his new farm. It had been a hot summer and everything was dry as dust. He certainly didn’t expect to find a glossy, green-leaved tree loaded with shining yellow apples.
 
When the Stark brothers received Anderson Mullins’s yellow apples in the spring of 1914, they were astonished. Never had they tasted anything so crisp and delicious! Was this the apple they had been looking for? Paul Stark set out on a thousand-mile journey to see this marvelous tree for himself.
 
Based on real events, this story of how the Golden Delicious apple came to be is perfect for discussions on nature and growing fruits and vegetables. Kathleen Kemly’s detailed, cheerful art creates the perfect setting for Anna Egan Smucker’s charming text. The author lives in West Virginia. The illustrator lives in Washington State.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
During the apple season in 1905, the Stark Brother's Nursery in Louisiana, Missouri was flooded with apples. Will the Stark brothers find the world's best new apple to sell to their customers? While many apples are beautiful in appearance, their taste is very disappointing. Meanwhile, Anderson Mullins finds an apple tree that grows shining, golden apples while walking through his farm one day. Will this apple taste as good as it looks? Biting into the apple, he is surprised at how delicious it tastes, and soon his apple is collecting blue ribbons at county fairs. He decides to mail the Stark brothers a few samples of his apples. The Stark brothers are amazed at the taste, and Paul Stark travels to Odessa, West Virginia to meet the farmer who grew these apples and purchase the tree. In early spring, the brothers graft the twigs onto some of their own trees, and a few years later, the branches are filled with beautiful golden apples. In 1919, Golden Delicious wins a medal for being the world's best new apple. At the conclusion of this informative book, the author includes background information about Golden Delicious. Young readers will find this nonfiction work to be interesting and informative, and it is highly recommended for homes and libraries. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

More than 100 years ago, in Louisiana, MO, the Stark brothers were searching for a new fantastic apple to sell. At the same time, hundreds of miles away in Clay County, WV, Anderson Mullins, inspecting his new farm, came across an amazing tree loaded with golden apples; he sent the Starks three of them. From these two events emerges the story of the discovery and successful marketing of the Golden Delicious apple. The narrative is simple and direct, with an occasional flair: "The sun poured down hot as apple butter just out of the kettle. His white shirt stuck to him tighter than the skin on a grape, but he didn't care." From the subtitle, readers might expect a deeper development of that reference to Cinderella, but after an initial comment by Lloyd Stark-"This just might be our Cinderella!"-it is not mentioned again. Kemly's soft pastel illustrations provide interesting historical details, including dress and transportation, and help to move the story along. An author's note gives more background, along with details about the grafting process. Resourceful teachers could easily find history and science connections to this story.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

Kirkus Reviews
This lightly fictionalized story of the golden delicious apple truly reads like a fairy tale. In 1905 Missouri, the famous Stark Bro's Nursery is the place farmers send their apples, hopeful that the brothers will want to sell the apples to their customers. But Paul and Lloyd are picky, likening each taste of a new apple to trying a glass slipper on another woman's foot. Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Anderson Mullins discovers a one-of-a-kind apple tree on his property that produces the most delicious golden apples. They win fair ribbons, yield year after year and stay sweet even through winter storage. In 1914 he sends three to the Starks and it becomes their Cinderella apple. Paul journeys to West Virginia to buy the apple tree, bringing back twigs to graft onto the trees back home. And from that one tree, every golden delicious apple is descended. The colors of Kemly's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations neatly evoke the time period and the agricultural theme. A standout amidst the proliferation of apple books found in elementary classrooms. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497652361
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
06/10/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Anna Egan Smucker has written several books for children and has poetry featured in many journals and anthologies. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and dog, Flash.
 
Kathleen Kemly wanted to illustrate children’s books since the third grade. She studied illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York. Kathleen does illustrations for children’s books, magazines, and posters using pastel or oil paints. She lives in Washington with her husband and two grown sons. 

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