Applesauce Weather

By: Helen Frost

Illustrator: Amy June Bates

In this touching poetic novel, a fall apple ritual—along with some inventive storytelling—brings a family together as they grieve the loss of a beloved family member. Black-and-white illustrations done in oil-based pencil.

ISBN: 9780763675769

JLG Release: Nov 2016


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Family life , Siblings , Losing a loved one , Picking apples , Making applesauce , Family stories

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Awards & Honors

Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Contemporary Middle-Grade Novels
The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
NCTE Notable Poetry List 2017, Verse Novels

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Book List*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The fall of the first apple from the tree is the signal to Faith and Peter that it is applesauce weather and their aunt Lucy and uncle Arthur are on their way. But Peter and Faith aren’t sure if Uncle Arthur will make it this year, as it is the first without his beloved Lucy. When Uncle Arthur finally arrives, he is not quite himself. He has The fall of the first apple from the tree is the signal to Faith and Peter that it is applesauce weather and their aunt Lucy and uncle Arthur are on their way. But Peter and Faith aren’t sure if Uncle Arthur will make it this year, as it is the first without his beloved Lucy. When Uncle Arthur finally arrives, he is not quite himself. He has lost the twinkle in his eye, and he is not energetically spinning yarns as he usually does. Faith and Peter are patient and slowly bring Uncle Arthur back to himself. They are hopeful that this will be the year he finally tells them truthfully how he lost his finger. This sweet story is told in verse through short, alternating chapters. Readers learn about Faith, Peter, and Uncle Arthur’s perspectives and personalities through individual narrative poems. The book is divided into eight parts, each preceded by short poems entitled “Lucy’s Song,” through which readers are also introduced to Lucy and Arthur’s life story from Aunt Lucy’s point of view. The illustrations are charming and bring the setting to vivid life. VERDICT This quick, charming read is suited for those newly introduced to poetry or coping with a loss.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780763675769

First Release

November 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 4;

Lexile

Level 650L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Family life, Siblings, Losing a loved one, Picking apples, Making applesauce, Family stories,

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