The Apple Tree's Discovery [NOOK Book]

Overview


A little apple tree in a forest of oaks begs God for stars like those glimmering on the branches of the great oak trees beside her. As the seasons pass, she learns to appreciate her own gifts and realizes that it’s possible to find a star in each of us.
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Overview


A little apple tree in a forest of oaks begs God for stars like those glimmering on the branches of the great oak trees beside her. As the seasons pass, she learns to appreciate her own gifts and realizes that it’s possible to find a star in each of us.
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A familiar "star inside the apple" story is reworked to include the themes of self-worth and confidence, couched in a divine message. Surrounded by large oaks, a lonely little apple tree looks up and sees the twinkling of stars, which appear to be hanging from the tops of the oak branches. With each passing season, she begs God for the same: "I want more than anything in the world to have stars. Then I would feel truly special." Even as her own fragrant blossoms turn into tasty apples, little apple tree persists in her wish, while God encourages patience. It is only after God becomes exasperated and creates a hard wind that forces some apples to fall and split open, revealing their own internal "star," that the little apple tree realizes and happily accepts her own attributes. Watercolor paintings of a saccharine forest environment with smiling critters and grinning tree trunks dilute the increasingly strenuous responses from God, who waits for some implied recognition of his overall message. And while the apple tree finally understands, children will require some follow through to completely comprehend the forced moral, which is spelled out in the afterword. Strained. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480420861
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,465,803
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author


Peninnah Schram is a storyteller, teacher, author, a recording artist, and a professor at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She is the author of many books of Jewish folktales and has recorded a CD of folktales, The Minstrel and the Storyteller. She has received many awards for her work including the Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator, the Circle of Excellence Award, and the National Storytellers Network Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rachayl Eckstein Davis is a storyteller, creative dramatist, and educator. She has a BA in education from Stern College and an MA in educational theater from New York University. This is her first children’s book. 
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  • Posted February 5, 2012

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    Fun and educational

    Three amazing women have gotten together to create this absolutely beautiful tale that teaches everything from wishes to dreams to prayers to belief that even though one is different, they have different and unusual gifts that make them individual and extraordinary. Readers will love meeting up with the small apple tree in the woods. This tiny tree stands alone staring at the giant oaks all around. Those oaks seem to have everything: Height, stature - they look so proud and defiant in those woods. But at night…oh, at night, when the stars are illuminating everything in the forest, it actually looks to the apple tree as if the stars, themselves, are hanging from the oak’s branches. He longs for the same. Yet, he’s told to simply wait; that beauty is coming to him, as well. But night after night the apple tree just looks at those stars and feels sad. As Spring arrives, the apple tree is given many gifts. The bright green leaves that people can sit under and take a rest when they’re weary, and the beautiful fragrant blossoms that attract all the lovely birds that begin to decorate the tree’s limbs. Unfortunately…no stars. And when those big, red, lush apples appear - it is still not enough for the poor, little tree. Yes, they’re beautiful, but stars will always be the main goal and the ultimate prize. What the tree doesn’t know is that there is a very large surprise on its branches, and readers have to guess exactly what that is! This is one of those kind, generous tales that remind people of the famous Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. As we all know, that was a sad little tree that needed love, whereas this apple tree begs for something ‘special,’ as well. Quill Says: A heartwarming tale with a little surprise that kids will absolutely love!

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