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Autumn Is for Apple Pie: God Gives Us Friends When We’re Having a Bad Day

(Tales of Buttercup Grove)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Friendship Makes Fall Special

Skunk has been waiting all summer long to harvest the fruit from his apple tree. Finally, fall is here and the fruit is ready. Skunk invites his friend Raccoon over to help him make a delicious apple pie.

On his way to Skunk's house, Raccoon runs into several of his friends. It seems everyone in Buttercup Grove is having a bad day. But Raccoon h
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Harvest Kids
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“Autumn Is for Apple Pie” is a sweet story about making a bad day better through kindness and friendship. The illustrations are lovely and the tale inspiring. Skunk has waited all summer to harvest his apple tree and invites friend Raccoon to help make an apple pie. Raccoon runs into friends en route, all of whom are having bad days, so he brings them to Skunk's house, which each contributes a different ingredient to the party. The day is saved and ends with apt scripture: “Be kind and comp
Shannan Williams
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book just warms my heart, it is so sweet! The animals in Buttercup Grove are all having a bad day for different reasons. Raccoon invites each of the friends to come with him, as he is on his way to Skunk's house to make an apple pie. This cheers the friends up and they each bring something with them to add to pie. Once they are at Skunk's house they all pitch in with the ingredients they brought to make the perfect apple pie! They learn, once again that life is so much better with friends!

Elley Murray
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This sweet book is a little bit like Henny Penny or Chicken Little, in that Skunk is going along with some apples to make a pie and picks up a bunch of his friends along with way. They each bring something to help make the pie - eggs, flour, butter, milk, etc. Then they all help with the mixing and rolling and peeling to make apple pie. This is such a sweet story, and the illustrations are so cute. This would make a lovely bedtime story, and is a great story to teach about friendship and working ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
AUTUMN IS FOR APPLE PIE is a charming story with cute illustrations. It is a story that teaches kindness, compassion, and cooperation.
Amanda Gauthier-Parker
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet story about friendship and sharing.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A IS FOR APPLE PIE is a cute children's book that promotes sharing and caring. Skunk doesn't know how to make an apple pie so he invites Raccoon to come help him. On his way, Raccoon invites all his friends who are all having a bad day. It is a message of hope, friendship, and loving kindness.

The art work is lovely and sure to invite conversation in addition to the child's attention.

Recommended for children.

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
debbicat *made of stardust*
5 stars to this sweet children's book. Skunk opens his door and thinks it smells like fall. He smells apples. Yum! He knows they are ready to pick and wants to make an apple pie with a friend. He calls up Raccoon and Raccoon happily accepts. What follows is a walk through the woods, to be more specific, Buttercup Grove, and more friends join. I love the illustrations! Raccoon speaks to many forest friends and they join in each bringing some of the ingredients to go in the pie. Everyone is helpin ...more
Joanne Viola
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Autumn Is for Apple Pie is the whimsical story of how friends can make a bad day better. Skunk decides to bake an apple pie and invites Raccoon to come help. Along the way to Skunk's house, Raccoon pass friends who are lonely and invites them to come along as well.

Each of his friends brings an ingredient,and the act of baking can become a party which spread cheer to all.

The characters are endearing. The group of animal friends will teach children the deep value of friendship and the encouragem
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Autumn Is for Apple Pie (God Gives Us Friends When We’re Having a Bad Day) is part of a wonderful series by Wendy Dunham with illustrations by Michal Sparks. I love this series of season books which has forest animal friends who have adventures together.

My granddaughter finished kindergarten so while she couldn’t read the entire short chapter book she was able to read parts of it while I read the rest aloud. She enjoyed it immensely. Here are her thoughts. She liked how the animals showed kindn
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When my daughter was little, she had the tendency to hide her favorite books in dress up bags and purses for safekeeping. She’s older now, but I recently found Autumn is for Apple Pie hidden in her bag set aside for Girl Scouts, truly the sign that this is a beloved book. After all, my seven-year-old happens to be the number one fan of the Tales of Buttercup Grove series. My daughter struggles with reading but loves Autumn Is for Apple Pie. As a parent, I appreciate the message of this book. Don ...more
Laura Thomas
The first words in this book are: "It smells like fall." How wonderfully heartwarming and familiar! This sweet tale weaves the topics of friendship, sharing, caring, and community together so beautifully, even for the youngest readers. Skunk decides to bake an apple pie and so invites his friend, Raccoon, to join him. On the way, Raccoon finds all his woodland creature friends are not having the best of days, and he brings them along to the baking party. The friends all contribute ingredients—ex ...more
Christie Thomas
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet book. It reminds me a bit of Winne-the-Pooh, with a group of friends that help each other through tough days. The book is written in a style that is perfect for an early reader (mine is 7) - its pages are short enough to feel doable but the book is long enough for the child to feel like they really accomplished something of importance.

I love the size and feel of the book too - this whole series feels like something you keep for your grandchildren. :)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a sweet book about friendship between Skunk, Raccoon, Mouse, Fox, Beaver, Mole, and Rabbit, and how they all get along even though they are different from each other. It has cute pictures to go along with the story and a bible verse at the end. "Be kind and compassionate to one another." Ephesians 4:32. Thank you Netgalley and Harvest House Publishers for the ARC copy of this book. The opinions in this review are my own. ...more
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
I really enjoyed these sweet books of a group of animal friends as they all bring an ingredient to make apple pie. My four year old daughter enjoyed them too and loved that she was reading a "chapter" book. The last page is a Bible verse, but overall the message of friendship is sweet, gentle, and universal. It taught a great value without hammering it over our heads. A rare treasure in Christian Children's literature.
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Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Autumn Is for Apple Pie is the story of Skunk journey to Raccoon's home to make an apple pie. Along the way, he finds friends that are more than willing to help. It's a beautiful story about inviting friends along and teamwork.

This story is perfect for Sunday School!
Anne Hamilton
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute treasure of a story.

Skunk phones Raccoon to invite him over to bake apple pie. Neither of them know how to make one but that's not going to stop them. On the way, Raccoon collects a whole bunch of friends who each bring a different ingredient.

But when the pie is baked, Raccoon feels he can't participate in eating it. After all, everyone else brought something to make it. But he didn't.

A lovely story about sharing and caring.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story with a good message. Just one thing stops me from giving it 5-stars. I'm being picky, but how did they have no experience making an apple pie when it came out perfectly? I always mess up even with friends and recipes... ...more
Melissa Henderson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story about having friends even on bad days. The story and the illustrations are adorable. I look forward to reading this story and Wendy Dunham's other stories to our grandson. ...more
Dear Alexandria
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful book!

I enjoyed reading this to my little one who is two. A great way to teach Godly principles. Definitely recommend!
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Another really cute story!
Kristin Demery
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a charming read! My 8 and 6-year-old daughters loved taking turns reading Wendy Dunham's latest installation in the Tales of Buttercup Grove series. The sweet friendship and cooperation modeled by the characters in their quest to make a pie together is charming and showcases positive themes we strive to model in our home. A new fall favorite! ...more
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These are just the cutest books!! I just love the series.
The illustrations are great. The stories are so cute and each one teaches a lesson. I can’t wait to share this with my friends and family.
If you want a sweet book with lessons in moral character for your children or grandchildren then these are books you want to buy. I love the scripture reference in each one. I highly recommend them!!!

I was given an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.
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Wendy Dunham is the author of two middle-grade novels: My Name Is River (a 2016 Selah Awards finalist) and Hope Girl (2017 Selah Award winner for best middle grade novel). She is also the author of The Tales of Buttercup Grove series, for early readers ages 4-7. In the forthcoming book, Reagandoodle and Little Buddy: The True Story of a Labradoodle and His Toddler Best Friend, Wendy writes Sandy S

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