Spring 2024

The Apple Argument

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

In the Garden of Eden, as soon as God buried Vegetables in the ground, and put Fruits on trees and vines, the Fruits began to argue among themselves. "I am hardiest,” said Apple. “I am sweetest,” said Grape. “Enough!” said God, sending two caretakers to the Garden. “Eat me!” the Fruits called to the caretakers. “Listen to the Fruits,” the snake hissed. Wanting things to be easy was the first real problem in the Garden. It was much easier for the caretakers to pick the Fruits than to dig up the Vegetables, so the caretakers listened to the snake. One of the lessons of this story: Growing food begins with hard work.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-05-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV050000, JUV022000
Dewey 222/.11
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
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Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Illustrator: Anita Barghigiani

Anita Barghigiani was born near Pisa, Italy. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. When she attended the Bologna Children's Book Fair for the first time, she fell in love with children's books and decided to study Illustration and Entertainment Design. She lives in Florence, Italy where she works, plays the guitar, and volunteers helping animals.


Publishers Weekly

“A palatable variation (of the Garden of Eden story) that connects the tale to contemporary individuals ‘hardy, sweet, and difficult.’”—Publishers Weekly