It’s Apple Month!

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It’s apple month. Celebrate by sinking your teeth into a juicy apple. I like mine not too sweet and not too tart, but with lots of crunch! Johnny Appleseed had the right idea when he decided to plant apple trees.

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Apples have health benefits. They’re fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and full of fiber. They promote bone health and weight loss. They lower cholesterol and help prevent certain cancers and heart disease. They’re also good for your teeth. So munch and crunch away!

Are you hungry? Try some of these delicious treats – apple crisp, apple cake, apple pie, applesauce, apple muffins, apple dumplings, apple butter, apple turnovers, apple fritters … Yum! Now I’m hungry!

Apples also lend themselves to art activities. You can make carved apple faces, apple prints, dried apple swags, wreaths, ornaments, and great smelling dried apple potpourri with spices.

Did I say apple? There’s a lot to say about apples.

You’re the apple of my eye.

Don’t upset the apple cart.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

When the apple is ripe it will fall.

As American as apple pie.

You’re an apple polisher.

One rotten apple spoils the whole bunch.

And don’t forget …

Adam’s apple

The Big Apple

Besides munching a juicy apple, the next best treat is to read books about apples. Share these with your apple-lovin’ friends.

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Applesauce Season written by Eden Ross Lipson and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

This charming story is about a family who goes to the farmer’s market in the city to buy a variety of apples to make applesauce — a yearly family tradition. When they’re finished, Dad prepares an array of different foods to compliment their homemade applesauce. Try the recipe included in the book and enjoy!

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 The Apple Pie Tree written by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern

A brother and sister watch an apple tree change through the seasons. In fall when the apples are ready to be picked, the children fill a basket in order to make a delicious apple pie. Information about how bees help apples grow and a yummy pie recipe make this book a favorite.

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Apple Harvest written by Calvin Harris

Written in simple text, this book tells how ripe apples are picked, sorted, and bagged to sell. Suggestions for tasty apple treats and a glossary of words are included. It’s a perfect book for young readers.

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Johnny Appleseed A Tall Tale retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Steven Kellogg’s exaggerated illustrations and story make for a fun-filled book about the life of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, and the history behind planting and growing apple trees.

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Apple Fractions written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Rob Bolster

This book provides a mouth-watering way to learn about fractions. Different varieties of apples are used to show how they can be divided into fractional sections. It’s crunchy math fun!

How do you like them apples?

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