Do you like apple pie? Granny Smith does!  Will you help her find apples for her pie?

In An Apple Pie for Dinner, kind old Granny Smith wants to bake an apple pie, but she doesn't have any apples. Won't you join her as she sets off with a basketful of plums in hopes that she can make a trade? 


On her journey, Granny makes many new friends as she swaps plums for feathers, feathers for flowers, flowers for a gold coin, a  gold coin for a puppy, and a puppy for what she hoped to find in the first place – apples!  


And then, with the help of all of her new friends, she bakes the best apple pie ever.  You can too – just follow Granny's secret recipe inside the book!


Yum yum!  An apple pie is a special treat.  And it's extra yummy when helpful friends share it!

As Granny Smith says, "If you try and try, you can always have an apple pie for dinner!"


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"[A] delightful cumulative story...  The outstanding baked clay and mixed-media illustrations are expressive, colorful, and detailed... Told with folkloric flair, this scrumptious tale is perfect for reading aloud to a broad range of ages.  Every library will want a copy."

School Library Journal

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"The good-hearted text... scans well and will be a welcome addition to a storytime or family read-aloud. Baicker-McKee's bright, mixed-media collages include clay, fabric, pipe cleaners and other items, creating a pleasingly tactile look."  

– Kirkus Reviews

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"From Granny’s lace cap and embroidered apron to her woven basket and fuzzy dog, the fascinating tactile details will have young and old poring over the pages. Complete with a pie recipe and notes from both the author and illustrator that cite the origin of the tale (the English folktale “An Apple Dumpling”) and directions on how to make bas-reliefs, the book is a delicious treat to be shared anytime."

– Booklist 

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"Thank you for creating such a wonderful children's book."

– Penelope Piip, great-great-great-great granddaughter of the "real" Granny Smith, Maria Ann Smith, developer of the Granny Smith apple

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"Take a whimsical romp through the countryside with Granny Smith, who barters newfound treasures for apples she turns into a delectable apple pie.  And you can too, thanks to the thoughtfully provided recipe.  Yum, yum, apple pie for dinner!  A charming book."

Marcel Desaulniers, author, Death By Chocolate, four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner, and Trustee Emeritus and Life Fellow, Culinary Institute of America

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"Loved the book.  [VanHecke] has a real gift."

  – Graham Kerr, the "Galloping Gourmet," culinary and television personality and award-winning author

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"Set off with Granny Smith and discover how kindness can have the best reward of all – a perfect apple pie shared with friends.  Delicious!"

– Matthew Locricchio, award-winning author of the International Cookbooks For Kids and Superchef series

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"Susan VanHecke retells An Apple Pie For Dinner and enjoys Carol Baicker-McKee's drawings in a recommendation for ages 5-8. Granny Smith wants to bake an apple pie, but she doesn't have any apples. Her desire to swap plums for apples gains her other things - including the one thing she REALLY wanted when her pie idea ripened. A fun story evolves."

Midwest Book Review

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"Susan VanHecke’s warm-hearted narrative resonates with pleasing rhythms, lively repetition, and an upbeat happy-ever-after ending."

– School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections 

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"What a simply wonderful story about an elderly woman who wants to bake an apple pie but has no apples. She has plums, though, so she loads them in a basket and embarks on an adventure of trades that leads to a terrific lesson in sharing and kindness. This is one of my favorite books to read to my own children."

– Dr. Danny Brassell, 

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"[Rating: Outstanding]  When my daughter recently came to visit with her two children, we discovered that we had both read An Apple Pie for Dinner. My grandson was happy to see that his Utah grandma had this cute story that he had been reading on the road trip to Grandma’s. Lyn and I had both been attracted by the cover illustration, which showed the illustrator's skill at using varied textures and mediums. [Carol] Baicker-McKee's colorful illustrations use clay, fabric, buttons, hooks, embroidery, trims, etc. Children will enjoy looking for a tiny ladybug on each page! This "Law of the Harvest" story emphasizes confidently sticking to a task and unselfishly sacrificing to meet others' needs. The apple pie recipe and directions are a bonus. Enjoy!"

The Children's Book and Play Review, Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library, Department of Teacher Education and Department of Theatre and Media Arts


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