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The Red Apple

Oral, Feridun (Author/Illustrator)
Minedition 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9789888240005 (hardcover)
Original language: Turkish
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

It’s winter and Rabbit is hungry. He finds a last red apple up in a tree but needs the help of a mouse, a fox and a bear to finally reach it.

The simple, clear text in this tale of friendship and cooperation will keep readers engaged and rooting for the animals to get their snack.

Snow falls across each page, effectively portraying the quiet blanket of winter. Amid sweeping landscapes in a frosty palette of beiges and browns, the red apple stands out, as tantalizing to the reader as it is to the hungry animals.

The realistic yet romantic watercolour illustrations take some playful liberties with the animals by emphasizing certain features: Fox has an extra-long nose and all the creatures are quite round, with kind, expressive eyes.

Dialogue among the animals shows how they problem-solve and try out different solutions: “‘Why don’t we stand on top of each other? Then we’ll be tall enough to get the apple!’ They did as Mouse suggested. But they still couldn’t reach the apple.”

When success arrives, it’s a shared reward. The image of the four animals, sated, curled up and cozy, is a happy scene of winter as it should be.

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    Has there ever been a time when you could do something only with the help of your friends? Why is helping others important?

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    When you get to the page where the rabbit stands under the tree trying to reach the apple, make a prediction about what will happen in the story. Once you have read, discuss whether your predictions were accurate.

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    Discuss the moral of the story. Draw or write your own story that focuses on the same moral, but in a different way.

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    Go for a picture walk and identify the characters, setting and actions.

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    As the story is read aloud, join in the repetitive patterns such as “I can’t climb that tree, I’m just a little…” as each animal arrives on the scene.

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    Discuss things you can do to help your friends. How can you share tasks? How can you share success?

  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture