Title: Applesauce Season
Author: Eden Ross Lipson
Illustrator: Mordicai Gerstein
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Concepts: natural resources, markets
Review: What do you get when you combine access to farmers’ markets with an old family tradition of slicing, cooking, and mashing? Different varieties of delicious applesauce, that’s what. A young child’s family is fortunate enough to indulge its taste for fresh apples in the city’s various farmers’ markets, where every few weeks the apples sold change in color and taste: MacIntosh, Macoun, Winesap, and Mutsu, to name just a few. Everyone in the family helps in some way in cooking up scrumptious batches of applesauce and dishes made with applesauce.
This engaging story offers an excellent opportunity to talk with young learners about some basic concepts in economics, including natural resources and markets. Particularly important is the role of farmers’ markets in helping urban residents to meet their needs for fresh fruits and vegetables, a point emphasized in both the text and illustrations.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children