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One Green Apple

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  651 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the r ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 12th 2006 by Clarion Books (first published 2006)
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Leslie Lopez
Feb 20, 2013 Leslie Lopez rated it it was amazing
One green apple is a childrens book about a young girl who ia new to a country and goes to s new school but she is very shy. She feels like the outcast in her new school but after a field trip to a apple picking she makes friends and gets rid of her shyness.
I think this book is intended from grades 3rd-5th because it’s a childrens book and it may be easier for 3rd graders to read. It may also catch their attention more because it has a pictures. I think it’s also intended for 5th graders becaus
Hector Gutierrez
Feb 21, 2016 Hector Gutierrez rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book and story. This book reminded me of myself when I came to this country and I didn't know English, I can totally relate to Farrah, and I have like 5 foreign students that would be identified as well. Its a wonderful story, I would introduce this in class tp introduce immigration, differences, and accepytance
Feb 18, 2016 Irina rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Reminded me of when I came to the US and didn't know any English.
May 26, 2015 Marta rated it it was ok
The problem with this book is its veiled ostracism. The story of a girl who finds a different apple than other children, which is received with dismay and surprise, ends with the girl's "blending in" with her immediate surroundings. Assimilation, however, very often leads to cultural effacement of the culture of "the other." The book only proffesses to tackle pertinent racial issues, in reality, however, it perpetuates discrimination. The story underscores the girl's otherness and instead of emb ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Dec 30, 2012 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it
As usual, I am a huge fan of Ted Lewin's watercolors. In this case, they are specific enough to show that the story is "real" but gentle enough to match Eve Bunting's vague omission of the name of Farah's home country in the text, giving the story a more universal air. I also that Lewin's illustration of Farah, likely painted in reference to a model in photograph, seems authentic, rather than a collection of stereotypes to convey the idea of a female Arabic child. Despite the lack of ink or penc ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing
Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the r...more Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being th ...more
May 05, 2013 L12_tomj rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"One Green Apple" by Eve Bunting tells the story of Middle Eastern student's attempts at understanding American social customs, language, and interpreting school experiences on a field trip. This book seems tailor made for the classroom. The drawings by Ted Lewin have water color soft brush sunny look to each page, but the depictions seem more intended to convey a reality to Farah, our protagonist's, experiences with her school peers.

Farah is on a school trip to pick apples, and we see how chil
"One Green Apple" is a warm and touching story about a little girl named Farah and her experiences as she makes a transition from her Muslim to America. It is the second day of school and Farah and her classmates take a trip to an apple farm. Farah speaks no English and feels alone. She is the only one that wears a dupatta. She is surprised that boys and girls can sit together in her new country. On the way to the farm, some of the students make Farah feel alone because they laugh at her. At the ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
The short story “One Green Apple” written by Eve Bunting is about a foreign girl who struggles in a new country that she has just moved to and doesn't understand English. In the new school when they take a trip she makes two new friends as they go pick apples to make apple cider and she is happy that she made those two new friends. I think this book is best suited for 1st and 2nd graders because at that age they need to learn to help people fit in with everyone else. A parent might choose this b ...more
Francine Luna
Feb 21, 2013 Francine Luna rated it liked it
"One Green Apple" is about a forgein girl named Farrah that moved to the United States and wants to fit in with some students at a fieldtrip. She didn't know how to speak their language, which is English, but she can understand them. She wanted to fit it so she wouldn't feel so different. Even though she couldn't understand them she knew they were being friendly, and wanted to accept her as a friend. I recommend this book to be a children's book because it has such a interesting story to it, it ...more
NS - Cami Houston
Simple, yet this book is moving, and able to reach deeply into the emotions and help one understand the small, fragile girl who feels tiny inside herself. Just arriving to this country, Farah wants to come outside of herself and connect, but she has several barriers. One; her dupatta causes her to stand out from her peers, and two; her language barriers keep her apart except for her classmate Anna, who reaches into Farah's frightened and tiny self to welcome her. Again, in this book the illustra ...more
Francisco Gutierrez
Feb 20, 2013 Francisco Gutierrez rated it really liked it
In the story “One Green Apple” by Eve bunting is about Ferah student in a new country. I really enjoy this book because it shows that it’s not easy to make new friends when you can’t speak their language and the way they dress. Take me for an example I can relate to her because the fact that I couldn’t speak they language or understand what they say when I bearly came to the United States. So it’s not that easy to make friends at first but then we will. This particular book I would recommend thi ...more
Sandra J.
Apr 19, 2016 Sandra J. rated it it was amazing
1. The representation of language, culture, setting and relationships seem to be pretty accurate for a student new to the country. Farrah is put into a whole new environment where children dress somewhat different than her and she attends school with boys and girls. Her language barrier is something she is trying to overcome just as any new student to the country would encounter.

2. Yes the characters are fully realized. Farrah initiates her trip to the apple orchard seemingly shy and apprehensi
Brittany Trinh
Apr 04, 2016 Brittany Trinh rated it really liked it
Shelves: project-1
Bunting, E., & Lewin, T. (2006). One green apple. New York: Clarion Books.

Review: Farrah is a new girl in school. It’s even harder for Farrah because she is from a different country and does not know her other classmates’ language. The story is set on an apple farm during a school field trip. As she explores the place, she realizes that there are things in common with her native country and new home. She begins to feel comfortable with her new surroundings. She feels a sense of belongi
Katie Farver
In One Green Apple, Farah, an ELL student who recently moved to America, goes on a class field trip to an apple orchard on her second day of school. Throughout the trip Farah describes how her life is quite different in the new country and how even though she is similar to her classmates, she still feels as though she is an outsider. Farah begins to feel more comfortable and accepted by her class when a fellow classmate, Anna, makes an effort to try to talk to Farah despite the language barrier ...more
Brooke Bradford
Oct 13, 2015 Brooke Bradford rated it really liked it
Plot: One Green Apple takes place at an apple orchard. Students are on a field trip to pick and apple and learn how to make apple cider. An immigrant named Farah just moved to the United States and she feels like she does not fit in. She does not know how to speak in English and she wears a dupatta that covers her head and shoulders. She is different from some of the children, but also the same in some ways. When asked to pick just one apple like all the other kids she finds a tree that is out o ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Iqrah rated it liked it
"One Green Apple"is about an immigrant girl, Farah, who does not speak a word of English. This language barrier and her different appearance leaves her feeling alone, even among children her own age. Her class takes a field trip down to an apple orchard where they make cider. Farah picks a green apple, while all the others have picked red apples. When they all put their apples in the processor to make the cider, Farah realizes that her green apple has blended in with everyone's red apple, giving ...more
Sabiha Hussain
Oct 27, 2014 Sabiha Hussain rated it really liked it
Shelves: text-set
This book is a children’s picture book written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ted Lewin, neither of whom are from the main character’s cultural group. The age group best suited for this book is probably children in third grade and older. The story is centered on a Muslim girl named Farah who has just migrated to the United States from another country. The girl also wears a hijab, or headscarf. She does not know English yet and always feels different from her peers which makes her feel lonely. ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Jayo rated it it was amazing
One Green apple is a book for 1st to 3rd grade mostly , its a childrens book. The book is about a young girl named “farah” moves into a new country and she feels really weird and confused but then she realizes people will accept her for who she is and it isn’t always important to judge at first sight. So when Farah moves in , she feels like she doesn't belong there and teachers treat her like as if she doesn’t understand basically like if she’s “dumb”. Her religion is really different from other ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it
The story shows Farah's process of adjusting to a new environment while still trying to maintain her identity. Farah is muslim and wears a dupata. She knows that she is different than her peers. Throughout the story, Farah gets more comfortable with her classmates and begins to make friends.

The story is an accurate representation of language. The story does not use a lot of words in the character's native language but it does do a good job of not changing words that are not meant to be transla
Megan Cureton
One Green Apple is about a girl named Farah that is experiencing her second day of school, which is a field trip. They are at an orchard to pick apples. She doesn't have any friends or know how to speak the language. She goes on to talk about how she is the only one wearing her dupatta. She talks about the girl that is sitting next to her named Anna and how they introduce themselves to each other. They stop at a place to pick the fruit and how her teacher states that they are to pick one apple. ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Reyna rated it really liked it
The book, One Green Apple by Eve Bunting is a great story that helps you to understand more about fitting in a place around a new surrounding where you don't know much about. It also helps you understand a bit about how it feels to be around a completely new environment with people you can hardly interact with. To be the new kid in at a school who isn't your race or doesn't speak your language.
This book is great for ages 9-12. Or it is also great for parents to read this to their younger kids
Jun 28, 2015 Shamika rated it it was amazing
Text Set #1: One Green Apple is a marvelous story that focuses on a young girl, Farah, who has come from another country that “has had difficulties” with America. Farah feels unwelcome and alone, until her class takes a trip to an apple orchard and she helps the other students make apple cider. As she listens to the sounds around her that sound just like they do back in her home country – the laughter, the chewing, and the belches – she realizes that soon, her words will match the other children ...more
Marta Michniewicz
Jun 08, 2015 Marta Michniewicz rated it it was ok
This book does not really appeal to me. It deals with a difficult subject of integration, but I think it fails to convey an objective message about being "the Other."

From the very first page, the protagonist, Farah, is presented in an extremely one-sided manner. She is different from her classmates in all the possible ways, including clothes, language, customs and opinions. It seems as if the only thing she has in common with the other children is her age. She literally could not be any more dif
Martin Salcedo
Feb 14, 2014 Martin Salcedo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 5+
Recommended to Martin by: My 10th Grade English Teacher
This book takes place in the U.S. around the apple orchards. I liked this book because its about a girl who came to the U.S. from another counrty. She doesn't know the english language neither people or friends. She feels different compared to the others. Finally she starts to realise that everything is the same as it was in her counrty except for the language but she knows thats not a big problem because soon she will learn it. This book is suited for children ages 4+ because its good to teach ...more
Emily Scott
Apr 14, 2014 Emily Scott rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Farah who is a young muslim immigrant. Farah always feels alone even when she is surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn't speak. Farah is a new kid and school and it is especially hard for her to adjust to school because she is from a different country and doesn't know the language. One day, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home. Things such as dogs crunching thei ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Luz rated it it was amazing
In “One Green Apple”, the representation of language, culture, setting, and relationships are very accurate, especially some more than others. The differences between the two cultures are very well represented when Farah, a Muslim immigrant compares cultural differences between what she sees in America to what she used to experience in her country. For example, She is surprised how gender is different from her village, boys and girls sitting together. Another difference this girl mention is that ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Gustavo rated it liked it
This book is about friendship coming together. This story is a good read because it teaches us mostly, little kids how important it is not to judge people right away. In this story a little girl from a foreign country comes to America. She is oblivious to the new ways of life here. She also does not know the new language but she tries her best to communicate with others.

Some of the new people she meets are really nice to her and try to help her out. So when the students go picking for apples sh
Klaudia Maniakowska
May 26, 2015 Klaudia Maniakowska rated it did not like it
I was shocked that in 2006 books claiming to be anti-racist still continue to evoke prejudices. The whole notion of the bad apple being mixed with the good apples against the children’s will is at odds with the idea of accepting one’s difference. What the readers find in the book is the idea of melting pot, so blending with others. I believe that such a depiction of a foreign-looking girl, who finally blends in, gives the young readers a false understanding of distinctiveness. In other words, ch ...more
Ann Cox
Farah is a new student who dresses differently and speaks a different language than the rest of the kids in her class. On a class trip to an apple orchard, Farah finds that even though the apple she chooses is different than everyone else’s, it still contributes to making a delicious cider. By the end of the class trip, Farah has made friends and learned some English too. I loved the way this book captured what it is like to be an outsider to a particular culture. The writing really pulled at my ...more
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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