First Apple

by Ching Yeung Russell and Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang

An easy-to-follow story set in China during the late 1940s involves nine-year-old... read more

An easy-to-follow story set in China during the late 1940s involves nine-year-old Ying, an active girl whose constant activities bring almost daily mishaps. Ying's determination to get an apple for her grandmother requires her to do boring chores, and she gets into one scrape after another. The idea that there are children as well as adults who have only read about but never tasted "sweet and crunchy" apples will intrigue many U.S. readers. The fast-paced plot includes cultural details that do not get in the way of the sparkling dialogue that may have a few too many American idioms; however, these will make the short "chapter book" even more appealing for U.S. readers, even as a "read-aloud." (Ages 6-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1994

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