One Green Apple

One Green Apple


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Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.

Ted Lewin’s gorgeous sun-drenched paintings and Eve Bunting’s sensitive text immediately put the reader into another child’s shoes in this timely story of a young Muslim immigrant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618434770
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/12/2006
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 46,959
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, and a chimpanzee. He became interested in art as a young boy when he would draw his brothers' world of wrestling. Ted later worked as a professional wrestler to finance his studies at the Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, where he met his wife, Betsy Lewin, also a children's book writer and illustrator. He and his wife travel around the world to research the settings for their books. While working on SACRED RIVER, which he both wrote and illustrated, Ted joined thousands of Hindus on their pilgrimage to the banks of the Ganges River in Benares, India. Ted now lives and works in the brownstone he shares with his wife and their two cats in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit

What People are Saying About This

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"This poignant, attractive offering fills a growing need for picture books about contemporary immigrants of Arab descent." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"A story of contrasts, ONE GREEN APPLE...leaves the reader with...[Farah's] first step...on a journey of change." Bookpage

"[A] gentle story about being new and different, with the author delivering her message in her classically subtle style." Kirkus Reviews

"Bright, sunny watercolors evoke the sensory joys of an orchard...the text conveys both Farah's initial trepidation and eventual pleasure." Horn Book Guide

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One Green Apple 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, when you get your phone back it'll explain something. I don't know what word is being banned.
Jingjing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of realistic fiction, because the story could happen in the real life. The story is about a young Muslim girl who tries to blend herself with her other classmates. She doesn't know how to speak English, and she also can't understand others by their sayings. However, she does can understand others by smiles, gestures, or hearts. A good book tied into a immigration unit. Age: IntermediateMedia: Oil PensGenre: Realistic Fiction
bluemopitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely story about an immigrant girl who doesn't speak English going on a field trip with her class and taking the first step toward making friends and opening up. I loved the illustrations and hearing Farrah's thoughts about her classmates and how the sound of laughter is the same no matter where you go. This could be used in curriculum about immigrants and English language learners, in learning about welcoming someone new especially from the Middle East who may have different customs, like head scarves.
teddy5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good example of realistic fiction because experiences such as these could easily occur everyday in schools across the country. Since this is the story of a Muslim immigrant's second day in an American school, told by her point of view, the reader is able to feel her emotions and receive insight about difficulties of language and cultural barriers as well as more familiar new student struggles. When the class takes a field trip to an apple orchard, the young girl tells about her experience in participating in making apple cider with the class. Toward the end she begins to make friends and learn a bit about how to communicate in English. Children can learn how to interact with others and examine how they treat those who are different from themselves. They may also be able to relate to the new student herself as a new student and/or trying to interact in a language that is not their own. Media: watercolor
lporsia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This 2007 Arab American Book Award Winner is an encouraging tale for youngsters entering into a new country or even just starting at a new school. Author Eve Bunting points out differences Farah and her classmates have, rather than ignoring them, while she acknowledges that everyone is different. With her introduction Bunting mentions conflicts between America and Farah¿s home country, even though the name is not mentioned. Briefly including this information is essential for children, Arab, Arab-American, and American alike need to be introduced to the problem before it can be corrected, in this case prejudice. Once the author discusses differences, she moves on to similarities and joins the characters together in the human race. The story becomes a classic tale of the one who didn¿t belong, ending happily when Farah finally sees that she does belong and becomes excited about learning a new language.Librarians can use this as a good resource for children of all ages. It can be a good tool in a diverse community or in a small town to introduce a new family. Elementary School libraries might find it an essential source for story hour, making the kids think about the fact that everyone is different in their own way. Additionally, it might prove helpful to confront discrimination at a young age.
mcrotti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting tells the story of Farah, a young Arab-American who has recently arrived in the United States. The setting is a class field trip to an apple orchard. Farah's classmates whisper about her headscarf and her home country, and she feels excluded. Later, when they make cider, Farah adds a green apple instead of a red apple like everyone else. Though her classmates are dismayed, they soon realize that the cider tastes just as delicious. Farah's classmates begin to warm to her, and help her with her beginner's English.The obvious moral of the story is that differences should be appreciated. This book would be an excellent tool for librarians to use in teaching diversity to young children. It shows readers that everyone has something worthwhile to throw into the mix. Also, if children learn at a young age that Arab-American children are much like them and not to be feared, it may help them be more open-minded as they grow and hear other, less accepting opinions.
menaramore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of a middle eastern girl that has come to live in America. She cannot speak English, but she learns that everyone still hears some things in common and that we are not all so different after all. This is a great book for teaching lessons on kindness and fitting in.
emgalford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bunting, E. (2006). One Green Apple. New York: Clarion Books.In Eve Bunting¿s One Green Apple, recent Muslim immigrant, Farah, struggles to fit into the American culture. She does not speak English. She wears jeans and t-shirts, but she also wears her head scarf causing her to stick out among her American classmates. Her classmates are afraid of her. She hears them whispering behind her back, and she often hears the name of her country mentioned. She knows they are talking about her. On a field trip to an apple orchard, things begin to change for Farah. A girl named Anna introduces herself to Farah and they become friends. At the end of the day, the class makes apple cider. Each child brings an apple to add to the mixture. Farah chooses a tart green apple that sticks out amongst her classmates red ones. She realizes, though, that the drink is no less sweet with her apple in it. She begins to see that this world is very different from what she is used to, but there are still many similarities. She is not all alone in a big new world after all. This story encourages readers to look for the good in a new situation. Although Farah was scared and lonely in her new class, she realized that the closer she looked, the more she realized this new place wasn¿t that different from her old home. Readers will understand the importance of giving a new situation a fair try before giving up. If Farah had decided that she couldn¿t be happy in America, she would have never made new friends and started to feel at ease. This book is the 2007 Arab American Book Award winner for children and young adults.In a school library, this book could be used when a new student joins a class. It teaches students that it can be a scary experience to be a new student. It could also be used with younger children to teach about the importance of not judging others based on appearance. Farah¿s head scarf made children afraid of her, but, once they got to know her, they realized she was just a normal girl.
justine.marxer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
age app: primary/ intermediateGenre: realistic fictionReview: This book is a great example of realistic fiction. Its illustrations are life like and capture the moments the book talks about. It deals with real life situations people face this day and age.
natasha.bevis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful example of realistic fiction book because it accurately portrays the emotions, feelings, and thoughts of the young Muslim girl attending an American school and making new friends. The plot is such a beautiful story of this young girl moving to America. She overcomes the cultural differences as well as loneliness.Level: Primary & Intermediate
hd071338 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Multicultural: This story is about a young muslim girl named Farah who has just recently moved to the United States and is starting her first day of school in America. At first Farah feels like she is too different from the other children because she is the only one in her class who is wearing a dupatta and is just learning the english language. Later Farah's class goes to pick apples so they can make applejuice by using an apple press. Farah is the only one who picked a green apple the other children picked red apples. Later Farah impresses her friend Anna by saying the word apple because Farah is just learning the language of English. I really liked this book because it can teach children to get along with other cultures as well as their own. I also liked that the children were having fun picking apples in the apple orchard. This book can teach children to be nice and respectful to other cultures as well as their own. I also thought this book can teach children that being the new and different student can not always be easy and exciting. This is why we need to be friendly and nice to everyone around us.
cmullenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Farah who has just come to America and goes on a field trip to an apple orchard. At first she is scared and lonely. She doesn't speak the language and has not friends. While on the field trip she realizes that they are not as different as she thought. When it comes time for the children to put an apple into the cider machine, Farah chooses a green apple while all of the other children choose red apples. The children are upset about the green apple but in the end realize that their cider is delicious. Farah ends up making friends and starting to learn the language. I read this book to children on several different occasions, both at school and my own personal children. I have worked in two schools in military communities and have found that opinions of middle eastern people is passed on to our children when we voice our opinions around them. Whether we mean to or not. I used this book to help illustrate the importance of getting to know a person on the inside and maybe learn a little about their culture and heritage. In the classroom we read the book together and then discuss as a group different kinds of people. What makes them different and how we can learn from each other. I would then have the children write a story of what they would do if Farah showed up in their classroom. How would they make her feel comfortable and help her feel welcomed.
MSblast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A girl from another country who does not speak the language begins school in American. She feels different from the other students. Her class visits an apple orchard and she finds a green apple to mix in with a bunch of red apples that classmates picked. They work together and make apple cider. I like how the book shows each person has something unique to contribute and can make the end result great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago