Bunting, E., & Lewin, T. (ill.) (2006). One green apple. New York: Clarion Books. ISBN: 9780618434770
Annotation: Farah feels lost during her first field trip on her second day at a new school in a new country. She dresses differently than the other kids and speaks a different language, but she learns that not everything is different.
Reaction: This book is quiet and sweet, and Bunting really captures the way it probably feels to be a new immigrant who doesn’t know any English or any way of connecting with the people around her. Farah worries that she doesn’t fit in and that people won’t like her because of her home country, but her classmate Anna makes an effort and includes her. By the end of the day, Farah discovers that things like laughs and belches and fun are the same, and she has new hope about fitting in and making friends.
Lewin’s illustrations are lush and gorgeous. The paintings are very detailed and allow the reader to feel like they are part of the story.
I think this would be a great book to help teach kids about diversity and tolerance and how all people are really the same, even though they seem different.
Arab American National Museum Book Award 2006
Media Used: Watercolor
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