Title: The Apple Tree

Reference: Tharp-Thee, S. (2015). The apple tree. Oklahoma City, OK: The Road Runner Press.

Brief Annotation: This book is about a boy who plants a seed for an apple tree. He helps it to grow, and tells it how wonderful it is. He cares for it, and protects it. He learns that the tree is sad because it cannot yet grow apples, and while the tree is sleeping he ties an apple to the tree. The tree is so thankful the boy has cared for it, that it offers the boy its first apple. As the tree grows it gets more beautiful, it blossoms, and grows many yellow apples. The tree will always remember that first red apple. This book is written in both English, and Cherokee.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-2

Readers Who Might Like This: Young readers whose native language is Cherokee and want to learn English, or readers whose native language is English, and want to learn Cherokee. Parents or teachers who are trying to teach their children or students to treat nature with care, and respect it. This book is good for children who are learning about Cherokee culture or stories and language. I would also recommend it for children who are caring for their own tree or garden.

Rating/Response: I give this book a 4 out of 4. It is well written, and is written in two different languages. It has a positive morale/message that if we take care of nature, it will take care of us. This is shown when the boy is granted the first apple from the tree he has planted and cared for. It is shown again when the tree eventually grows an abundance of yellow apples because the boy has taken such good care of the tree.

Text Dependent Question: What did the boy do for the tree when the tree was sad it couldn’t grow apples?