How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Making an apple pie is easy, unless the market is closed…

Then it’s off around the world to gather wheat from Italy, a chicken from France (“French chickens lay elegant eggs-and you want only the finest ingredients for your pie.”), kurundu bark from Sri Lanka, a cow from England, (“You’ll know she’s an English cow from her good manners and charming accent.”) seawater, on your way to Jamaica for sugar cane and then to Vermont for the apples.

After that all you have to do is:

This is a book that I suspect would appeal to slightly older kids but since my testers max out at the age of  three years and  ten months I can’t say for certain. What I can say is that Ivy does currently enjoy it, though I suspect it may be the parachuting cow and chicken more than the world travel that gets her attention.

Would I recommend it? Yes. In a world where a surprising number of kids (and adults I had no idea about the cinnamon) are a bit clueless as to how the food makes it onto the shelf at the market I think it’s a great book.

My only issue with it is that I’m certain my chickens lay just as good of eggs as any French chicken!

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4 comments on “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

  1. the other Jessie says:

    Ha! Let it snow! How fun!

  2. Jenny says:

    I love that book.

  3. Susie says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this book! Now I am dreaming of a fall apple tasting party at the library. Here’s my review…
    I loved this book for its combined fact and fantasy. Yes, you could get an egg from France, however you probably wouldn’t bring it along on your world travels so that you could have a fresh egg. Now imagine the milk. Yes, you can get cinnamon in Sri Lanka, but an elephant probably wouldn’t hoist you above the leopard sleeping at the base of the kurundu tree so you could get the tree’s bark. The book contains a pie recipe and guidelines for an apple-tasting party.

    • Jessie says:

      Susie thanks for adding your review, I’m glad you liked it too!

      Did you see there is also How to Make A Cherry Pie and See the USA? I haven’t managed to get that one yet but I’m looking forward to it!

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