Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432161, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 4, 2009
A taste of fall: Celebrated editor Eden Lipson and Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein celebrate a fall family ritual in Applesauce Season, a picture book rich with the colors and flavors of the season.
When the first apples of the season--Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold--show up in the city markets, it's time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. A lovingly recounted description of a family's applesauce-making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste.
Mordicai Gerstein's paintings are full of the colors and flavors of the season: red apples, orange leaves, blue skies. Here's a lovely picture book celebrating an American family tradition.
“[A] smartly observed, warm-hearted tale . . . . Happily there is more than enough for seconds.” –The New York Times Book Review
“The angle of Dad's shoulders as he squeezes between everyone to reach in with his spoon is one of those brilliant details in a children's book that conveys the warmth of family.” —Newsday
“Exuberant watercolors follow along as a happy urban family buys, quarters, cooks, seasons, purees and savors the thick gooey stuff. Get out the food mill.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“His [Gerstein’s] sly humor is a perfect match for the straightforward narrative, which ends with a recipe and a glimpse into the boy’s sunny future–full of apples, of course.” —School Library Journal
“The final page includes a detailed recipe and an illustration of the boy, now a dad, in the kitchen cutting apples with his daughter, sharing a smile.” —Horn Book
“In a crowded orchard of apple books, this one stands out.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A wonderful tribute to her [Eden Ross Lipson] considerable contributions and talents.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly
“A wonderful story of apples, applesauce and family traditions.” —Infodad.com