Title: Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis
Author and Illustrator: Robbin Gourley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Concepts: child schooling and work, natural resources
Review: This book portrays the childhood of award-winning chef Edna Lewis. The reader follows young Edna through the seasons as she works alongside her family at their farm, harvesting fruits and vegetable in their seasons and planning what to make with each. This is accompanied by ditties about each food item, many that might already be familiar to young readers. In addition, the author provides some recipes inspired by Edna Lewis that families can make together.
While this book gives the reader insight into how Edna developed her personal style of cooking by looking at her childhood work, it would be nice if the book also included a bit about Edna’s life as an adult. Although the author’s note does discuss Edna’s work as chef, her adult life is not at all hinted at in the text of the story. If the book did so, children would better be able to see how Edna’s early life influenced her later career decisions.
The author also notes briefly that Edna Lewis grew up in a Southern farming community called Freetown, which was founded by her grandfather and two other freed slaves. While not much more is said about this in the text, parents and educators can explore this topic with children and begin a discussion on the concepts of slavery and discrimination, if they so chose.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children