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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Making an apple pie is usually easy for the young baker except when the market is closed and no ingredients can be bought. The reader is taken on a journey around the world to find the finest ingredients to make a delicious apple pie.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Productive Resources, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Interdependence, Specialization, Trade & Money.

Author: Marjorie Priceman
Published: 1994
Reading Level: 3.1
Grade Level: k-2
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Knopf Books, Dragonfly

Comprehension Questions

Describe the problem at the beginning of the story.

The ingredients for the apple pie could not be bought because the market was closed.

List all the natural resources and ingredients that were gathered from each country to use in making the pie.

Italy – semolina wheat

France – chicken for eggs

Sri Lanka – bark from the Ku Rundu tree for cinnamon

England – cow for milk, ocean – sea water for salt

Jamaica – sugar cane for sugar

Vermont – apples

After all the natural resources and ingredients were gathered, it was time to make the pie. Identify the capital and human resources needed to produce the pie.

Human resources – girl

Capital resources – grinder, bowl, stove, pot, churn stove, pan

Explain why the pie in this book probably tasted better than if the market had been open.

The little girl gathered only the finest ingredients for the pie.

When you go to the store, are the goods you buy there sometimes made in other countries?

Yes! Goods produced in many countries are found in our stores.

Do producers in our country sell goods to other countries?

Yes! Our goods are sold to people all over the world.

Extra Credit: What do we call goods that we buy from other countries?


What do we call goods that we sell to other countries?