The Apple Doll

The Apple Doll Cover

The Apple Doll

By Elisa Kleven

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374303808, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 24, 2007


Lizzy loves the big apple tree in her yard more than anything. So when the first day of school comes, she picks a beautiful apple, turns it into a makeshift doll she names Susanna, and takes it along to keep her company. But her teacher tells her that dolls aren't allowed at school. Even worse, her sister says that Susanna won't last forever. Then Lizzy's mom shows her a way to turn Susanna into a real apple doll. And with the help of Susanna the Apple Doll, Lizzy overcomes her shyness at school and makes plenty of new friends to bring home to play in her beloved apple tree.

Detailed, delightful collage illustrations accompany this sweet story about one girl's success in bringing together her home world and her school world. Instructions for making an apple doll just like Susanna are included.

About the Author
Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 picture books for children. While growing up in Los Angeles, California, Elisa spent many hours creating intricate worlds populated with imaginative characters and surrounded by picturesque murals of nature. After studying literature at University of California, Berkeley, she taught school for several years, practicing her writing during summer breaks. Known for creating magical worlds peopled with endearing characters and visually-stunning multi-media illustrations, Elisa's books have been recognized by the American Library Association, The New York Times, The Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, and The American Institute of Graphic Arts. Elisa lives near San Francisco with her husband Paul and her children, Mia and Ben, along with various cats and dogs.

Praise For The Apple Doll

“Kleven provides detailed instructions for parents and children to craft friends of their own to conquer heading-to-school fears.”—Publishers Weekly “A plot summary does little to recreate the charm of this well-written picture book.” —Starred, Booklist “A sweet story about accepting change, working together, and forming new friendships.”—School Library Journal 

“Bright, textured and bold.”—Kirkus Reviews