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apple cake and fireside stories

post #1 of 11
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does anyone have the book "apple cake" by Nienke Van Hichtum

OR

"fireside stories" by Caitlin Matthews ?

what are your thoughts? is it an easy read (as in flows nicely when read out aloud)? are any of the stories in fireside stories negative or have a bad, confusing ending?

TIA!
post #2 of 11
We have The Apple Cake and it is a beautiful book about community working together- we love it. Beautiful illustrations too. I highly recommend it.
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post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks!!! it sounds really nice as it is, but since i am ordering it blindly, i wasn't sure.
post #5 of 11
love love love the apple cake. i blogged about the 1st tiem we read it..made a day of it:
http://frontierdreams.blogspot.com/2...day-is_13.html
post #6 of 11
We love The Apple Cake! It is an easy read and has some very nice lessons in it. It even has a recipe for apple cake in the back that my kids like me to make after we read the book. I don't know the other book.

Another book we really like is Swedish Folk Tales, illustrated by John Bauer. These are longer, chapter length stories, with unique, darkish pictures, but we all like them very much.
post #7 of 11
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ok just added it to my cart!! it's been on my wishlist for a while.
post #8 of 11
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any rec's for fireside stories? i'm guessing it wouldn't be very appropriate for a 4yo and 2yo anyway... the stories looked a little complex/long winded from what i could see. i don't know..

i found these today and they look nice. we like really sweet, not-to-fairyish, nature type books around here. that's what my kids respond to best. dd doesn't understand too much about fairies even at 4yo.. her SPD makes her a very literal girl. but we still like sweet natural "natural" books.

little house on the prairie is something i am looking at getting. http://www.amazon.com/Summertime-Woo...ref=pd_sim_b_6

which series are the best?

anyone have any experience with:

"i took the moon for a walk"

or

"the boy who grew flowers"
post #9 of 11
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any rec's for fireside stories? i'm guessing it wouldn't be very appropriate for a 4yo and 2yo anyway... the stories looked a little complex/long winded from what i could see. i don't know..

i found these today and they look nice. we like really sweet, not-to-fairyish, nature type books around here. that's what my kids respond to best. dd doesn't understand too much about fairies even at 4yo.. her SPD makes her a very literal girl. but we still like sweet natural "natural" books.

little house on the prairie is something i am looking at getting. http://www.amazon.com/Summertime-Woo...ref=pd_sim_b_6

which series are the best?

anyone have any experience with:

"i took the moon for a walk"

or

"the boy who grew flowers"
my dd is similar. she has a beautiful imagination, but what she pretends and enjoys is reality based. not for lack of exposure either. she just has very little interest in fantasy. we have a few of those little house books and LOVE them! dd likes the stories about laura more then the ones about almanzo, but at (almost!) 4, the stories seem to be just right. not too wordy, but not dumbed down either. just sweet and simple. lovely illustrations as well. we have:

-country fair (about almanzo. not dd's fave.)
-a little house birthday
-dance at grandpa's (this one is our favorite. )
-summertime in the big woods
post #10 of 11
We have a couple of the Little House books for little ones. We've enjoyed "Going to Town" and "Winter Days in the Big Woods" and my almost 4 yr old really likes them. I was going to get a few more from the series for her and it looks like I will be adding Apple Cake too.
post #11 of 11
we love the little house books here as well. our library has them so we have almost read every one. ditto on liking the one's with laura better than the Almonzo ones.
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