Book Review: Autumn Is for Apple Pie

Book Review: Autumn Is for Apple Pie: God Gives Us Friends When We’re Having a Bad Day (Tales of Buttercup Grove)

Hardcover – August 7, 2018

by Wendy Dunham  (Author), Michal Sparks (Illustrator)

Friendship Makes Fall Special

Skunk has waited all summer to harvest apples from his tree. Finally, fall arrives and the apples are ready. Skunk invites his friend Raccoon over to help him make an apple pie. On his way to Skunk's house, Raccoon comes across several of their friends. It seems that each friend is having a difficult day. But Raccoon has the recipe to turn their day around by inviting them to the pie making party. Skunk and Raccoon's woodland friends learn that sometimes all you need to turn a day around is the kindness of good friends, and of course, a slice of homemade apple pie!

The Tales of Buttercup Grove series introduces young readers, ages 4-8, to the many fun adventures of Skunk, Raccoon, and the rest of their woodland friends, teaching timeless Christian values along the way.

Book Review: Autumn Is for Apple Pie: God Gives Us Friends When We’re Having a Bad Day (Tales of Buttercup Grove)

This book was a quick, short read. It showed how each person had a role and that life wasn’t as dreary as we sometimes painted it. The writing was simple and would therefore be enjoyable to young readers.

The illustrations are gorgeous. Your child will enjoy looking at the pictures as much as they will enjoy reading the book.

Know God: The entire picture book was an illustration of the biblical concept of hospitality and working together.

Know yourself: It prompts you to ask yourself and your child the question: “What do you have to contribute?”

Run your race: It illustrated the fact that each person has a unique role to play.

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An Unexpected Lesson

While I was trying to decide if I wanted to download this book from Net Galley I went on the author’s website and read the excerpt. Because my son was in the room, I read it to him.

“Why is that man inviting all of those people to his friends house?” He asked referring to Raccoon. We talked about how in real life it may not be possible to do that without first consulting the host. A few hours later it became an object lesson.

He asked permission to visit one of his grandmothers. He was excited about visiting because he could invite his cousins. I reminded him of the book and the lesson that he had learned earlier that day.

Needless to say the book made the lesson much clearer than I could (especially because of the fact that he was the one who noticed it for himself).

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About the Author

Wendy Dunham is an award-winning children's and middle grade author, a registered therapist for children with special needs, and a blessed Momma of two amazing grown-up kids! 

She is the author of two middle-grade novels: My Name is River, and its sequel, Hope Girl. She has a series of early-readers titled, Tales of Buttercup Grove. And with 'Reagandoodle and Little Buddy: The True Story of a Labradoodle and His Toddler Best Friend,' as well as with 'Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Welcome Baby: The Blessing and Fun of a New Little One,' Wendy writes as the voice of Reagandoodle. 

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About the Illustrator

Working beside her mother, a portrait artist, Michal Sparks's life as an artist began early. With an interest in surface design, she attended the prestigious Kansas City Art Institute, then leapt into the fashion industry in New York City. Michal founded her own textile design label - illustrating in watercolor, and sometimes authoring, over fifteen volumes.

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