Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise
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Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise offers the opportunity to talk about inclusion and disability awareness with young children who have a classmate, sibling, or friend with special-needs. But whether read just for fun or to introduce a deeper discussion about differences, this book is a delightful story young children can learn from and identify with. Reading age 3 to 7.
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Woodbine House (first published October 1st 1999)
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Pre-school age children can relate to Russ's desire for a swingset in his backyard. Instead he has an apple tree. Grandpa and Grandma come to visit and help him pick apples and make a pie. While the pie is baking Grandpa installs a tire swing on a branch of the tree.

Some follow up activities to do during story time could be:

Sing to the tune of "Bingo"

"There was a farmer had a tree
And guess what grew upon it?
And apples grew upon it!"

(for this age group just c...more
Aug 12, 2008 Nate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool-aged children
Nathaniel loves this book! It's about a little boy named Russ who really wants a swing set, but complains because there's just an old apple tree in the backyard.

His family is able to help him see that the apple tree isn't so bad. They pick apples together, then Russ helps his mother and grandmother with each step in making an apple pie. After eating their dessert, his grandpa surprises him with his very own swing (hanging from the apple tree). I think the storyline is perfect for four and five-...more
Rebecca Mullins
Russ is a child who has Down Syndrome. This is a great book for learning about disabilities or diverse peoples. It shows that just because someone has a disability it doesn't mean that they are incapable of living life happily. It's a great motivator.
Great book to add to your library. It shows children that no matter who you are and what condition you may have, we all want to live our childhood as "normal" as possible. The story is short, sweet, and right to the point!
Pamela Cockerell
this book shows that everyone is different and even with special needs a child can live a healthy and normal life
Logan Young
1st grade. Quick read. Russ learns why apple trees are fun.
Rachel Galdino
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