Muslim and American: Two Perspectives
One Green Apple
Grades K - 2
From School Library Journal: As a Muslim girl rides in a hay wagon heading to an apple orchard on a class trip, the dupatta on her head setting her apart, she observes that while some of the children seem friendly, others are not. Her father has explained, ...we are not always liked here. Our home country (never named in the story) and our new one have had difficulties. Later, when she puts a green apple into the cider press instead of a ripe red one as her classmates have done, they protest. But the cider from all their apples mixed together is delicious - a metaphor for the benefits of intermingling people who are different. Lewin's watercolors radiate sunlight and capture the gamut of emotions that Farah experiences on this challenging second day in her new school in the U.S. They show her downcast silence and sense of isolation because she can't speak the language, her shy smile when a classmate befriends her, and, finally, her triumphant smile as she speaks one of her first English words, App-ell.
About the Author
Bunting is the author of more than 200 children's books, including picture books, middle-school readers and young-adult novels. Genres range from mystery to science fiction to contemporary problem stories. She was born in Northern Ireland and moved to the U.S. in 1959 with her husband and three children. She took a writing class at a local community college and published her first book for children in 1972. She has won numerous awards for her work and is listed as one of the Educational Paperback Association's top 100 authors.