Friday, January 16, 2009

The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven

"Lizzy loved her apple tree". So begins a peaceful story of friendship and seasons. Throughout the year, Lizzy's apple tree is there, adding beauty, inspiring imagination, and making the perfect place to play. But then Lizzy has to go to school. She tries to take her apple tree with her in the shape of an apple named Susanna, but, hurt and embarrassed by the other children's taunts, she takes her back home. Lizzy has a lonely time at school, hurrying home to Susanna and never noticing another lonely little girl...until Lizzy's mother offers a way to keep Susanna forever and Lizzy finds she has something special to teach her whole class.

This is an excellent story of learning to make friends - and apple dolls! The illustrations are bright and exuberant, marking each season and showing Lizzy's transformation as she learns to adapt and make friends.

Verdict: An excellent first school story. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 978-0374303808; Published July 2007 by Farrar Strauss & Giroux; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library; Added to my personal wishlist

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I am a huge fan of Youth books that teach valuable principles of friendship and life's lessons. My son and I will have to check this book out. Our favorite of date is Steve O'Briens's "Elijah's Coin." Elijah's Coin is not a religious book, but it uses religious history to deliver a deeply inspirational message. From it, my son is learning the value of managing money! I can't imagine sending a young person out into the world without this message.