Apple Cake : A Gratitude
by Casey, Dawn; Godbout, Genevieve (ILT)






The award-winning author of Held in Love presents a seasonally themed rhyming tale featuring a child who says thank you for the gifts of nature, from apples and eggs to milk and hazelnuts, before using the ingredients to make a delicious cake. Illustrations.





Dawn Casey draws inspiration from her travels near and far, from tales of old, and from the natural world. She has a particular specialism in the retelling of folktales. Her collection The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales won a Golden Nautilus Award and received an accolade from the American Folklore Society. In previous incarnations, Dawn worked in publishing and as a primary school teacher. Now she retells folktales and writes original stories and picturebook texts for a range of educational and trade publishers. She lives in Sussex, England. 

Genevieve Godbout lives in Montreal where she works as a children’s book and fashion illustrator. She studied traditional animation in Montreal and at the prestigious school of “Gobelins” in Paris. Genevieve was born and raised in Quebec, but spent 7 years in London, UK, after her stay in France. Some of her clients include The Walt Disney Company, Chronicle, Tundra, Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, les éditions Milan, Comme des Géants, and La Pastèque. She also illustrates for clothing designers like Nadinoo and Mrs.Pomeranz creating illustrations and prints for their collections. Her children’s books include When Santa Was a Baby (Tundra Book) and Rose à petits Pois (La Pastèque).





*Starred Review* A little girl and her dog romp through a field, pause beneath a tree, and stop by a barn to greet cows and chickens. With milk and eggs now in her basket, she walks to the kitchen, joined by two girls who were gathering apples. And over and over, she expresses her gratitude in short, rhyming verse: "Thank you, cows, / thank you, hens, / thank you, family, / thank you, friends." Near the end, elements from the previous verses come together in a brief but smooth reprise before the final couplet, "Thank you for the / food we make, / thank you all for / apple cake." On the last double-page illustration, the family gathers around a picnic table to share home-made apple cake. The clear, fluid verses form a graceful expression of thanks from a child with a deep well of satisfaction. Written in words short and simple enough for beginning readers, the story will have broad appeal. Softly shaded, colored-pencil drawings create a series of well-knit, cozy scenes that glow with light, warmth, and vibrancy. An apple cake recipe is appended. Put this beguiling picture book on display during apple-picking season, and remember that it's perfect for Thanksgiving, as well. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.





*Starred Review* A little girl and her dog romp through a field, pause beneath a tree, and stop by a barn to greet cows and chickens. With milk and eggs now in her basket, she walks to the kitchen, joined by two girls who were gathering apples. And over and over, she expresses her gratitude in short, rhyming verse: "Thank you, cows, / thank you, hens, / thank you, family, / thank you, friends." Near the end, elements from the previous verses come together in a brief but smooth reprise before the final couplet, "Thank you for the / food we make, / thank you all for / apple cake." On the last double-page illustration, the family gathers around a picnic table to share home-made apple cake. The clear, fluid verses form a graceful expression of thanks from a child with a deep well of satisfaction. Written in words short and simple enough for beginning readers, the story will have broad appeal. Softly shaded, colored-pencil drawings create a series of well-knit, cozy scenes that glow with light, warmth, and vibrancy. An apple cake recipe is appended. Put this beguiling picture book on display during apple-picking season, and remember that it's perfect for Thanksgiving, as well. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.






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