Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost, illustrated by Amy June Bates

by Dianne White on September 18, 2016

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The weather’s changing and Faith is waiting for the first apple to fall from Aunt Lucy’s tree. That tree, in front of what used to be Aunt Lucy’s house, is now the house where Faith and her brother, Peter, live with their parents. Every year, Faith and Peter anticipate their aunt and uncle’s arrival.  But this year is different. It’s their first fall without Aunt Lucy, and no one’s sure whether Uncle Arthur will make the two-hour drive from town. Then, in the dark of night, with “the moon in the sky, half full … a car pulls up – it’s him, all right…”

Divided into eight parts, each introduced with a short poem, APPLESAUCE WEATHER by Helen Frost, is a short, emotionally packed, novel-in-verse.  With soft, shaded pencil drawings by Amy June Bates, this richly told tale of loss and love, is a testament to the enduring strength of family and the power of a good story.

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