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One Green Apple

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  778 Ratings  ·  231 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 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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
Ashton McWhirter
Nov 23, 2016 Ashton McWhirter rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-31-40
One Green Apple is a realistic fiction picture book. It has not won any significant awards.

Farah is not only new to school, but new to the country as a whole. She speaks no English, and she knows she stands out with her darker complexion and hijab on her head. On her class field trip to an apple orchard, Farah is told to pick an apple, just as the rest of her classmates have. While everyone else picks the red apples, Farah can't help but be drawn to the small green apples, as they're just a bit
Oct 17, 2016 Zerina rated it liked it
One green apple by Eve Bunting is about a girl named Farah who feels kind of lost in a new environment. As an immigrant, Farah can’t properly speak English yet and she dresses differently. Farah starts making new friends while she’s on a field trip. At the end, you see her laughing along with her new friends. I think the author wanted to highlight the
This book won an Arab-American and it can be used for grades first till third. Teachers should use this book as a way to show students that there
Tara Byk
Nov 05, 2016 Tara Byk rated it it was amazing
One Green Apple is the story of Farah, a young girl from another country who goes to school but doesn’t know any English. She goes on a field trip with her class to an apple orchard, where she makes friends with a girl named Anna, sees dogs that remind her of her dog back home, and is instructed to pick only one apple. All of the children take their apples and go into the little house to make apple juice with their apples, with Farah dropping in the only green apple among all the red apples. As ...more
Kimberlee Gutterman
This book is important for a lot of American children to read because it would give them an insight as to how the new kids feels which could prevent judgement or bullying. This book is also important for children who just moved to America and are attending school because they can relate to Farrah and it may help them to be less scared. The important message of this book is to not be afraid of being different and we should accept everyone of who they are. This is the meaning behind the symbolism ...more
Sara Magliocca
Dec 08, 2016 Sara Magliocca rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
1) Summary: Farah is the new kid in school, and if that weren't difficult enough for her, she is also a muslim immigrant. She is not only new to school, but to the country. She feels very alone, but a field trip to an apple orchard changes this feeling of loneliness a little bit. She ends up making apple cider with the class and this allows her to make connections with the other students.
2) Review: I think this book is great to read to pretty much any age group. Older students and adults will mo
Lucie Nguyen
Oct 19, 2016 Lucie Nguyen rated it really liked it
One Green Apple is a realistic fiction about a young girl named Farah. This is a powerful and meaningful story about a Muslim immigrant. Farah has difficulties being the new kid at school.She listen, but struggles to communicate with her classmates. It represents the issue that every immigrant struggles with... the language barrier. The class goes on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah begins to find the similarities in their two cultures. She begins to make connections with the world around ...more
Oct 19, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
This book is about about a girl named Farah who is an immigrant and doesn't speak English. She doesn't understand what the students are saying but she keeps to herself and is quiet throughout her trip with the class. Being around others, Farah feels as if she's only inside of herself and her mind and wants to be outside with the rest of her classmates, she just doesn't know how to. As she's picking apples with her classmates, she realizes that there are alot of connections between her new life a ...more
Mary Parker
Dec 04, 2016 Mary Parker rated it really liked it
This book leaves a lot for the mind to try and understand. As it follows the story of a young girl who immigrated to the United States with her family, and her story of trying to fit in when she can't even speak English. The class she is in goes on a field trip to an apple orchard, where they pick apples and make fresh juice out of them. However, the apple that the main character picks is slightly different than the rest of the apples.
Cara Byrne
Dec 19, 2016 Cara Byrne rated it it was ok
In the span of brief field trip, Bunting captures the struggles, hopes, worries, and grief of Farah, an elementary-age Muslim immigrant who is slowly learning English and adjusting to a different country. Most of Farah's classmates, including Anna, are kind, even though Farah only braves a single word.
This book is about a girl who just moved to America from another country and cannot speak or understand English. She is nervous at first, but begins to make friends and become more integrated into this new culture. Just like her green apple going into the pot with the other red apples to make apple sauce soon she will become something beautiful and make a difference just like all of the other kids. The only part that I didn't like about this book was that when she put her apple in someone said h ...more
Book Title: One Green Apple
Author/Illustrator:Eve Bunting/Ted Lewin
Reading Level: 2.6
Book level: k-3
Book summary: This book is about a young muslim girl who just started a new school in America. She does not speak english. She eventually through field trip during school learns to make friends through similarities even though they do not speak the same language. This is a great multi-cultural book to introduce students to muslim culture.

Writing traits are voice as the book is writing in the voice
Dec 08, 2016 Harmony rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddos
A very gentle conversation starter for kids about refugees and particularly, the experience of a refugee child assimilating into a new country and home. The details of the story are very little-kid-friendly, with no gory details or traumatic pictures. Great for building empathy and awareness.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 23, 2016 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
She's new in the country and shy about speaking English. A class field trip to an apple orchard helps her see how she can be herself but still part of the new community.
Laura Leonard
Jan 09, 2017 Laura Leonard rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A glimpse into an immigrant girl's first school day in her new American school.
Oct 31, 2016 Garren rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime-to-try
A contemporary immigration story that could have happened last month.
Nov 07, 2016 Brooke rated it liked it
I like how the book was on a farm but the diversity needs to be a little more... diverse.
Oct 17, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Love this story. Simple picture book enjoyed by any age. Young Muslim girl is new to her class and on a field trip. She picks a green apple--different than anyone else. A student reaches out to her. Good ending. Good early book for diversity, acceptance and immigration.
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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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