One Green Apple
Farah feels loneliness in the midst of her busy classroom, among all of her English-speaking classmates. She is surrounded constantly but continues to feel isolated and alone. She nods and smiles, tries to listen for words she recognizes, but makes a conscious effort to not speak, unsure of the unfamiliar words in her mouth. Her peers feel so different from her, foreign in their mannerisms, confidence, and loudness. She misses home and longs to belong.
But on a field trip to an apple orchard, something changes. Farah begins to recognize that many details of the trip remind her of home; familiar sounds like the crunch of an apple, the drip of freshly pressed juice, the universal and uniting sound of laughter. A book that helps kids empathize with others, an begin to comprehend and be sensitive to another child’s immigrant experience.