Apple Orchard Stories

Apple Orchard Stories
Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs about Apples and Orchards that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little one at home.

 

 

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Orange pear apple bear

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett – JE Gravett
“An instant contemporary classic, this book has sweet illustrations and contains only five words: apple, pear, orange, bear —and there . Emily Gravett creates clever variations on this theme by rearranging the words.  Simple and compelling, children will enjoy reading this book over and over again as they learn many different concepts” (Publisher’s description).

Book Jacket for: Red are the apples

Red Are The Apples by Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan – JE Harshman
“What can you find in an autumn garden? A harvest of bright colors, and lots to explore!Inviting rhymes and the antics of a boy and his pets promise a full day of fun for young readers as they pick out all the luscious fruits and vegetables in a colorful fall garden” (Publisher’s description).

Book Jacket for: Apples here!

Apples Here! by Will Hubbell – JE Hubbell
Richly illustrated, this story follows the development of an apple through the seasons.  The supplementary afterward expands on the book’s themes of apple biology, agriculture, and the apple’s traditional uses in different cultures.

Book Jacket for: Ten red apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins – JE Hutchins
Practice your counting skills and your animal voices in this humorous story which subtly reinforces concepts of good manners and sharing.

Book Jacket for: Apple pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray – JE Murray
Simple, beautifully expressive illustrations and a new take on the ABC book make this a fun read.

 

Book Jacket for: The apple pie that papa baked

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson – JE Thompson
Like Apples Here!, this is another book that traces the growth of apples backwards to their origin; however, where Apples Here! draws children inwards into the biology of the apple tree, this lyrical poem draws them outwards into the ecosystem as a whole, before bringing them home to themes of fatherly love and sharing.

Book Jacket for: Apple farmer Annie

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
“Annie the apple farmer saves her most beautiful apples to sell fresh at the farmers’ market” (Publisher’s description).  Also available in our Spanish language section in a bilingual format.
These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs and Poems to Share:

Two Small Apples Baby Bounce
Way up high in an apple tree (hold up baby’s hands)
Two small apples smiled at me (tickle baby’s cheeks)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (bounce baby gently)
Down came the apples (tickle your fingers down to baby’s tummy)
Mmm, mmmm, Good! (rub baby’s tummy)

What If . . . Fingerplay
What if my finger were a bumble bee? (hold up finger)
What if your tummy were an apple tree? (point to tummy)
I’d go bzzzz, bzzz, bzzzzzz! (buzz finger around in the air, then dive in to tickle!)

Apples
Apples here
Apples there
Apples are growing everywhere
Some are high
Some are low
You will see apples whereever you go.
Apples on the left
Apples on the right
You can see them day and night.

Here is an Apple
Here is an apple
And there is an apple
And here’s a great big apple I see.
Now let’s count the apples we have
One, two, three!

And of course, we can’t sing about apples without the childhood classic:

Apples and Bananas  
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys

I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos

I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos
I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.

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