The Apple Tree by Sandy Tharp-Thee

Bibliographic Information:  Tharp-Thee, S., & Campbell Hodson, M. (2015). The apple tree. Oklahoma City, OK: The Roadrunner Press.

Annotation:  The little boy planted an apple tree seed, and with loving care, the tree began to grow and grow.  As the tree grew, the tree became sad and droopy, but with care and support from the little boy, the tree grew to bear lots of yellow apples.

Genre:  Fiction

Grade Level:  2nd Grade – 5th Grade

Interested Readers:  Students who would be the most interested in the book, could be students with interest in Cherokee stories, or have a Cherokee ethnic background.  Students who also like to learn more about trees, and how they grow could also be interested in this book.

Personal Response and Rating:  I enjoyed that not only was the book written in English, but it also included the Cherokee Syllabary.  I thought this book had a lot of hidden key messages and the illustrations were simple, yet detailed.  This book could also be another book used in learning about trees or specifically apple trees in the classroom.  I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  Why did the little boy tie the red apple to the tree?