Picture Book Review: No Ordinary Apple by Sara Marlowe and Philip Pascuzzo


No Ordinary Apple by Sara Marlowe and Philip Pascuzzo

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (June 11, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars


On an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary:
the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack,
he’s at first disappointed when she hands him an apple—he wanted candy!
But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell,
taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is
not ordinary at all.

Lushly and humorously illustrated, No Ordinary Apple
makes a traditional technique for training mindfulness a fun and
enjoyable way for children to learn to slow down and appreciate even the
simplest things.

About the Author:

I am a mother of a delightful toddler named Beckett. I share this
parenting journey with my partner Jonathon and our two cats (they are great
teachers of empathy and patience).  I love making music, brewing really
good coffee, afternoons in the park, writing stories and Sundays with
my family – with absolutely nothing on our calendar.

I adore taking pictures, thanks to my Dad no doubt – who always has a camera in his hand! You can see some of my images at Flickr.com/saramarlowe

As a new-ish mother, I have a special appreciation for mindfulness
practice and it’s fit for cultivating attunement with our children and
compassion for ourselves as parents.

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About the Artist:

Pepco studio is the award-winning design and illustration of Philip E Pascuzzo. Accolades have been received from Graphis, Print, CMYK magazine, the New York Society of Illustrators, The New York Book Show, Readerville, American Photo, Association of American University Presses, and Faceoutbooks.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t really have a strong opinion on this book either way. It was
pretty much down the middle for me. The writing was okay, the story was
okay, and the illustrations were okay. Not bad, but nothing that made it stand out to me.

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