Children's Literature @ NYPL
Booktalking "Apples to Oregon" by Deborah Hopkinson
This is the story of how apples moved from Iowa to Oregon. The book travels through all of the adventures of Delicious, her family, and the apples, from the East coast of the United States to the West coast. In the end, Delicious even protects the apples from Jack Frost by lighting a big camp fire.
There is even a song in the book which can be sung to the tune of the Mockingbird song:
"Hush, little babies, don't you cry
Momma's gonna bake you in an apple pie,
If that apple pie ain't sweet
Daddy's gonna munch you for his own special treat."
One of the adventures involved Delicious and her family building a raft to cross a river with the fruit.
'Well, we hadn't gone far when that muddy drink started to pull us down.
"The peaches are plummeting!" my sisters shouted.
"The plums are plunging!" boomed my brothers.
"Don't let my babies go belly-up!" howled Daddy.'
And so it goes; there is nothing that Delicious and her family will not do to protect their precious fruit. A tale true to my own heart; Carmen Miranda liked fruit, too.
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains by Deborah Hopkinson, 2004
This book is a really amusing spoof of the Westward Expansion in the 19th century. In this fictionalized version (which involved migrating with fruit, not digging for gold), Delicious (named for the apple?) and her family moved to Oregon. It is a picture book that I read to with school-aged camp groups in the summer during their visits to the library. The older kids (5th and 6th graders) enjoyed it, but probably not as much as I did. I personally find this book to be hilarious. It is so creative and the illustration are beautiful but also ridiculous and funny beyond belief. While reading this, my voice took on a certain twang and accent appropriate to the story.