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THE VERY LAST APPLE (OUR TOWN COLLECTION / Ages 6 to 10 - Rhyming Children Bedtime Short Stories) by [Collier, Peter]
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This is one of the author's personal favourites. It's a kind of feel-good story about the people of a small town and their curiosity concerning the apple at the top of a tree. If you liked reading it, which I'm sure you will, don't miss "The Immovable Rock", "The Fishing Derby", or "Foggy Daze".
Ideal for a bedtime read.

If you like this one, other stories like 'Cross Your Fingers', 'Everyone has a Name', 'Gingersnap Dragons', 'Foggy Daze', or 'Sick Again' you will find great for family laughs.
Alternatively, I have several fully illustrated stories, like 'Monsters I Know', 'Kids I Know, 'Hector the Collector', or 'Marmalade Jam and Chocolate Eclairs', and others

My stories are designed for both the reader and the listener.
Children will request parents to re-read, over and over again, a story that has caught their imagination.
If not in rhyme, these stories will quickly become dull and a burden to read.
When written in free verse, a story is both a delight to read and to hear.
The reader feels accomplished when reading my stories and, in the act of story telling, begins exaggerating tone, inflection, and mood.

When constructed in free verse rhyme, while reading along, children quickly begin to retain portions of each story.
Once the child begins reading independently, these stories act as memory assisting templates to guide the beginning reader through their first reading selections. The reading successes of a child will fuel additional comprehension activities and help to jump start reading skills that greatly motivate the young reader.

For the adult reader these stories are always a treat.
I understand the necessity to include a readers interests and needs as part of the story telling activities.

The length of these stories is designed to be between 10 to 15 minutes, to act as a short break or bedtime activity. Unlike Dr. Suess, I have avoided making up new nouns and adjectives for purposes of rhyme,
other than some tintinnabulation (words designed to give greater description of sounds), finding that teachers do not appreciate this activity.

I find that by identifying children by full name, as the story characters, it adds a sense of character reality and identity. The children accept the diversity of people, which, in turn, opens the imagination to accepting limitless fictional situations and opportunities.

My stories constitute several conceptual elements to motivate reading and precipitate a positive child's reading development.

For all teachers and Friends, I applaud your support in exposing free verse reading to young children. Your efforts to improve early perceptions of reading will provide children with a foundation for continued learning comprehension and development.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZI2XR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A wonderful bedtime story, The Very Last Apple by Peter Collier is one of many children's stories that we have now incorporated into our routine at night. There are always great lessons to be learned that children can relate with and I love all of Peter Collier's books.

Rhyming a tale together that children like to imitate is creative and keeps the imagination flowing. We are grateful for this author and all of his wonderful books.

So much fun! I hope everyone will start reading to their children and grandchildren this author's book. There are plenty for every night of the week and then some.

5 stars for The Very Last Apple!
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The Very Last Apple is written by the fun, free rhyming author, Peter W. Collier.

Author Peter W. Collier does a very nice job at building some curiosity and mystery right from the start with this short free-rhyme, bedtime story. He then adds a variety of town folk, each with their own views of life, and all deciphered by the very last apple.

This is a very fun tale for kids and readers alike. The characters described had us giggling and nodding. My little listener was trying to problem solve by guessing, but the author did a great job at staying ahead of both of us, and even surprised us in the end!
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By T,J Booker TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2013
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A wonderful, idyllic story about an apple. Peter Collier has, yet again, made the ordinary into the extraordinary with his trademark rhythmic style.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6c79cd8) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa4738) out of 5 stars Delightful Children's Story of a Tree and an Apple. Sept. 21 2013
By Damian Bloodstone - Published on
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I just got finished reading this story. I might not be a child any longer but remember those days of being read to or reading those simply stories that made my world so bright and filled with wonder.
This is what this story did for me. It made me forget all my problems for that time and remember the visions and dreams of a child.
The rhythm of the story calms my constant migraine for reasons I still don't understand but thank the author for. It is a lyrical verse that leave the pages and floats into your mind as if a boat moving slowly in the water of a hazy afternoon. The story is uplifting and ends with a little mystery that may have you looking out your window.
Any child should love this story. I know I did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa4984) out of 5 stars Made my Heart Lighter:) Aug. 17 2013
By Ms.IMPATIENT - Published on
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The 'Very Last Apple', written by Peter W.Collier is like a rear, shiney apple, delicious to the very end. Fortunately, this one is within the reach of us all. It's truly an excellent bedtime story, not too long and a thoroughly enjoyable to read. I became immersed in the story, transported, and maybe even in a trance, like those within the story. Masterfully done prose, the author has his well received and recognized rhyming style. It really enhances this new and original story, and yet it's plucked out of a simpler time, a time belonging to Thornton Wilder or Mark Twain. It's a short, palatable read and well worth the 10-15 minutes at bedtime. Don't let this one go unread or unnoticed. My family loved it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa4948) out of 5 stars APPLE ANGST Dec 13 2013
By Barbara Mojica - Published on
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This is a charming tale about a special apple tree with one last shiny apple on top long after the fruits of summer have disappeared. At first no one seems to notice it, until William Bishop's kite got stuck up in that same tree. One by one members of the town come by, a newspaper reporter writes about it and soon other members of the town drift by to take a look. After dozens of townspeople appear with many different solutions for getting the apple down. they decide to just let the apple be. When a big storm hits the town, something very surprising happens to the tree and its apple. To this day, the town still tells the story of the very last apple.

Peter Collier has a real talent in writing his humorous stories in almost lyrical verse. They are perfect bedtime stories or early reading books. Children will be encouraged to paint pictures in their mind while reading or listening. My only regret is that are virtually no illustrations. That would make this book a lot more appealing to very young readers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa4c3c) out of 5 stars The Tale of The Last Apple Nov. 19 2013
By Dean Giles - Published on
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Great book with interesting observations about people and group behavior. No one would have noticed the apple, or even the huge apple tree, if one boy hadn't had his kite get stuck in it. So many things in life are much the same way, as the most wonderful things happen, we hardly notice, then life goes on, and it is all but forgotten and lost to everything except a fleeting memory.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa4c9c) out of 5 stars How does the apple grow? Nov. 22 2013
By liamsmom - Published on
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The only thing that could have made this book better was more illustrations. The sweet and funny rhyming would make it a wonderful bedtime read. I really liked the funny characters and their rhyming names. Older children would probably appreciate the chance to use their imaginations as they listened to the descriptive tale.