Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble

apple treeSchema: apples, snow storms, Christmas

Text-to-Self Connections: making applesauce

Author’s Purpose: The author shares what life was like in the late 1800’s in rural Michigan.  Students will see how people had to provide shelter for their animals before they built their own homes, and how the food and animals on the farm sustained the family.

Cause and Effect: Because the blizzard destroyed the apple tree, the effect is that Josie and Katrina were very sad, wood provided warmth for them through the winter, and Papa was able to use parts of the tree to make the drawing board and swing that the girls loved.

Compare and Contrast: Compare the chores that today’s children do with those of the girls in the book.


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