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On This First Day of Spring, Consider the Apples

Posted 3/20/17 (Mon)

Today being the first day of spring is a good time to consider the beginning of the growing season.  Before long, the trees will begin to bud and then flower.  Some of the prettiest every spring, at least in my neighborhood, are the apple trees, which after flowering, deliver a summer of shade and an autumn harvest of delicious apples that find their way into salads, cobblers, pies and other treats.

This new book, The Apple Story, recently published by the multi-talented Annika G. Plummer, is appropriate to highlight on the first day of this very welcome season in the Dakotas.  This sweet story will inspire readers of all ages, just as it did young Annika when her grandmother, Martha S. Nelson, shared it with her. With this book, Annika follows in the footsteps of her father, Rodney Nelson, longtime cowboy poet, columnist and book author. 

To honor the memory of her grandmother, who died in 2012 at the age of 96, Annika wrote the poem in the book. It is inspired by the story of  "The Three Apples," by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1875-1961), and illustrated by well-known North Dakota rancher and artist Scott Nelson, (who is no relation to Annika!)

Young Haakon, who bears a striking resemblance to Annika's nephew, embarks on a search on his farm for a symbol of God's love. The clues lead him all over the farm until he finds it in to something everyone too often overlooks.  

The story and illustrations share a simple message that will be embraced by all generations. It gives us pause to remember the many blessings in our lives, and that finding God's love can be in the most common places in our lives. 


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