Category Archives: Book Birthday
What could be better than a birthday?
A birthday that promises a yummy snack, that’s what!
Today we are turning the spotlight on a BRAND NEW PICTURE BOOK from veteran author Lisa Amstutz. When I heard about her book, I knew I had to help her celebrate because I, too, spent many happy autumns, picking apples and preparing applesauce with my family!
Don’t they look amazing! When I moved to New Hampshire a couple of years ago, we went apple-picking with my grandson. And then, we made applesauce!
So Happy Book Birthday to APPLESAUCE DAY!
Written by Lisa Amstutz
Illustrated by Talitha Shipman
Published by Albert Whitman (August 1, 2017)
I spy the big pot on the counter right away. “Hooray,” I say. “It’s Applesauce Day!”
:Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it’s time to turn the apples into applesauce! Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. First they wash the apples. Then Grandma cuts them into quarters. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!”
Why I like this book:
- Beautiful family-building story
- Charming illustrations with a vintage feel
- Wonderful launch pad for family activities with a great recipe and fun apple facts at the back of the book
- Kids will see the child characters playing important roles in the applesauce making process
Photo courtesy: http://abeautifulmess.com
You will need:
- Apples* (enough to fill your crockpot)
- Cinnamon stick
- Lemon juice
- Sugar, honey, or other sweetener
- Paring knife
- Potato masher or blender
- Peel and core the apples and put them in the crockpot.
- Add a cinnamon stick, a drizzle of lemon juice, and about an inch of water.
- Simmer on low for 6–8 hours or until the apples are soft.
- Mash or puree the cooked apples using a potato masher or blender. The latter will make a smoother sauce.
- Sweeten to taste with sugar, honey, or other sweetener. Enjoy!
* Cortland, Jonathan, McIntosh, Winesap, Transparent, Gala, Golden Delicious, and Fuji are good sauce varieties.
Dear friends…Lisa’s publisher, the wonderful Albert Whitman, has generously offered a copy of APPLESAUCE DAY as a giveaway. Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. We’d love to hear about your apple-picking, applesauce-making, or applesauce-eating experiences!
To find out more about Lisa and her wonderful books, go here.
A nd PLEASE, don’t forget that reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are a breath of life for authors and illustrators.
I appreicate you all spending a little of your time with us here at PIcture Books Help Kids Soar. Have a wonderful week!
Who doesn’t LOVE birthdays?
Especially BOOK BIRTHDAYS!
And when you add an energentic doggie, you know it’s going to be a lot of fun!
This month, I was thrilled to feature HELLO GOODBYE DOG on Perfect Picture Book Friday.
And then we all enjoyed chatting with author Maria Gianferrari on Will Write for Cookies.
But today, I’ve got something else REALLY special. for you! A Q&A with…
MOOSE, the dog in Hello Goodbye Dog!
ME: Down boy! There’s a good little dog. Moose is an interesting name for a dog. How did your owner come up with that name? Do you like it?
I love my name, since Zara gave it to me. I think it’s because I’m a big dog.
ME:You sit very quietly when people read to you. What is your favorite thing about being a reading therapy dog?
I love to listen. The stream of words relax me, like a lullaby. And I love to be with people, especially kids.
ME: What are your favorite stories?
My new favorite picture book is Dogosaurus Rex, by Anna Staniszewski.
I also love It’s Only Stanley, by Jon Agee.
Another favorite book has a reading dog like me—Bonnie. That’s Lisa Papp’s Madeline Finn and the Library Dog.
And Zara’s going to read A Dog Like Daisy, by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, to me next!
ME: In the cafeteria, I noticed you were looking at Zara’s cookie. What are your favorite snacks?
I love dog biscuits hidden in my KONG toy and plain yogurt. Zara lets me lick the yogurt containers.
ME: I can see it must be time for your snack, Moose. I’ll let you go. But thank you so much for stopping by to visit. You are welcome back anytime!
And for my dear readers, the lovely Maria Gianferrari is giving away ANOTHER copy of HELLO GOODBYE DOG. Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. And if you haven’t left a review on Amazon or Goodreads, please do. Reviews are the best way we can say thank you to incredible autors who write wonderful books for children.”
Plus, don’t forget we are stop #7 on the HELLO GOODBYE DOG book blog tour…hop over and visit some of the other posts when you can.
HELLO GOODBYE DOG BLOG TOUR!
GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY!!
*Monday, July 24th: Pragmatic Mom + THREE book giveaway!
*Two for Tuesday, July 25th: Librarian’s Quest
*Wednesday, July 26th: Homemade City
*Thursday, July 27th: Kid Lit Frenzy
*Friday, July 28th: Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook
*Monday, July 31st: Picture Books Help Kids Soar
*Tuesday, August 1st: Bildebok
*Wednesday, August 2nd: The Loud Library Lady
*Thursday, August 3rd: DEBtastic Reads!
*Friday, August 4th: Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
*Monday, August 7th: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
EXTRA: August 25th: Kidlit411—Interview with Patrice Barton
Please come back TOMORROW, for ANOTHER SPECIAL BOOK BIRTHDAY POST for…
APPLESAUCE DAY by Lisa Amstutz