Bad Apple, A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway is a sweet book about friendship with a valuable lesson. The book begins with an apple named Mac who meets a friendly worm named Will. Mac and Will have so much fun together and bond instantly. They are an unlikely pair with Mac being an apple and Will being a worm.
When the other apples see that Mac became friends with a worm, they tease him by saying “Mac’s a rotten apple!” and “He’s got worms!” and make him feel bad. Will disappears one day to let Mac resume his friendships with his apple friends without all of the teasing. Mac is really sad when Will leaves and doesn’t have as much fun with his other friends. He ventures out to find his favorite and true friend, Will. At the end, the two friends unite and continue to finish each other’s sentences. This book is not only a wonderful story but contains many different language concepts in it, including taking turns in conversation, abstract language, emotions, answering “wh” questions and expanding on vocabulary.
What I loved most about this book, is that it’s an excellent teaching tool in explaining to your children that you need to be around friends that are nice to you all the time and that make you happy. If one friend tells you not be friends with someone else, that is not the kind of friend you want in your life. I think teaching children these valuable lessons needs to start early and with this book, you will be off to a good start 🙂