Many years ago a Teacher Librarian friend and I were chatting about books perhaps books on a theme - I don't remember and the title Apple Pigs was mentioned. I did not know this book but my friend exclaimed it was one of her favourites (and as a Teacher Librarian she has read thousands of books so this is a big call). I knew we had this book in our school library but it was in very poor shape. I am not sure how it had missed being culled. I pulled it off the shelf and put it safely into my office planning to read it to classes but limit the actual loaning. Later that year I gave it to one of our most talented Kindergarten teachers. She loved this little book and so did her class and YES they even made apple pigs.
While I was on holiday in January this year I visited Deniliquin in NSW and I walked into the local newsagency. They have a splendid book section and one of the first books I spied was Apple Pigs in a brand new edition and in hardcover.
This little book was originally published in 1976. It is written in rhyme and it is a treasure.
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I would follow this book up with Jam by Margaret Mahy which is a huge favourite of mine, The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall and The Crooked Apple Tree by Eric Houghton. Apples are a minor theme in our school for our Kindergarten classes so we have a good selection of stories about apples and non fiction books about this delicious fruit too. Here is a collection of other books - we don't have all of these in our library but you might find some you can enjoy.
One of the things they mention in this book is an Apple Pan Dowdy. I was curious so I looked for a recipe. It sounds as delicious as the name.