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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Apple Tree With the Golden Fruit (The)
by Emil Ludvik
Age Range: 6-8
Little mouse finds a golden apple on the ground and soon all the other animals in the forest – squirrel, hedgehog, mole, rabbit, magpie and woodpecker are attracted to it. They eat the apple until there is nothing left but its core. Many of the animals wish they had more apples to eat and Mr Woodpecker suggests they plant the seeds from the core so that one day an apple tree will grow. He plants the seeds in the ground Hedgehog stamps down the loose soil. All the woodland folk take it in turns to nurture, water and look after the tree. After a long wait, the day arrives when the apple tree bears fruits. But unfortunately, the apples are green and taste bitter. Then Magpie comes up with an ingenious plan to solve the problem.
An appealing picture book by Czech author Emil Ludvik with an important message about working together for a common purpose enhanced by the magnificent and colourful artwork of František Freiwillig. The title was originally published by Artia, a cold War era government-run company in Prague, Czechoslovakia, (now the Czech Republic), who is best known for publishing fairy tales and sophisticated children's books including those by pop-up and novelty master creator named V. Kubasta.