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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
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
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Marta
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
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
Christy
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
L12_tomj
"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
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Juso
"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
Mark
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
"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
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
Sabiha Hussain
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
Jayo
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
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
Reyna
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
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Shamika October
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
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
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Martin Salcedo
Feb 14, 2014 Martin Salcedo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Meltha
It's coincidence that I happened to read this the same day as "My Name Is Yoon" since the two stories both involve girls from other countries who are struggling with English and fitting into the U.S. and their schools. The difference here is that Farah is a few years older and coming from a location somewhere in the Middle East while Yoon is perhaps five or six and Korean. Farah's personality and culture shock are shown more. She has difficulty understanding why boys and girls sit together and f ...more
Gustavo
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
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Klaudia Maniakowska
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
Melody
- Farah is a new student from out of country. Because she is attending a new school, she feels all-alone and is very shy. It was difficult for her to talk to people or even make new friends, as there was also a difference in language and culture. It wasn’t until they went on a class field trip to an apple orchard that Farah begins to find similarities in words and befriends a boy and a girl. This book ties back to our lecture as it talks about oppression. Because Farah is new to the school, she ...more
Sarahy Dominguez
One Green Apple

This book is very touching and meaningful for the people who have actually gone through the same thing. It is about a girl who doesn't have an easy time fitting in with other since she is new to the school and the country. This book is suitable for grades 2 nd through 5 th . I think this book is suitable for those grades because the meaning of this book can be easily understood but children of these grades. The lesson of this story is to be open to people and know how to make them
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Christine Medunycia
This story is wonderfully told by the young lady who feels she doesn't fit in. It is very nice how it plainly tells about the subtle differences and then similarities of the children. It carefully speaks to how some immigrants are not looked upon favorably which I think is very tough to do. It is wonderful how the author allows for the smallest gesture by a classmate permits the girl to see more kindness and similarities than that of anger, resentment and differences. The author does a wonderful ...more
Robert
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Joseline Menjivar
The book i read was called “A green apple” the book is about a little girl named Farah. This book is for young readers. The book teaches you that everyone should be treated the same way no matter where they are from. In this book the character is indian so she dresses different than the other kids and the other kids realize it. She’s little, the same age as the other kids, but some of the kids make mean smiles at her the minute they see her, and that makes her feel bad, she feels unwanted. A gir ...more
Agnes U
I agree with others that despite this book being not that old, it contains quite many aspects of sterotypes and prejudice. A unique girl with a unique personality that has to re-socialize herself in order to fit into the new society she immigrated to. Just like the green apple she chooses, (by which she is looked down upon by others and not accepted), she herself has to blend in with the rest in order not to stick out. I was shocked by the disturbing faces the classmates and the teacher make whe ...more
Kavi
Farah is a young girl and a Muslim immigrant. She feels different from her classmates and is shy. However, when she goes apple picking, she realizes that there are more similarities between her and her classmates than there are differences. She also learns to celebrate what makes her different. This text addresses the immigrant experience and religious diversity, both topics that are becoming even more relevant in today's society. Public schools are becoming more and more diverse, and this book ...more
William Dickerson
One Green Apple relates the experience of a young girl going on a field trip on her second day at a new school. This story is different than you might think at first because Farah isn't just at a new school, but she is also in a new country. She doesn't understand her teacher or classmates. She just doesn't know the language.

The field trip is to an apple orchard, and Farah learns an important lesson while the class is making cider. Even though she is different, there are similarities that will
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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.

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