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''Listen carefully. Do you hear a crunching sound? Peel back England's fog. You'll find Maria Ann Smith. A woman raised tough to the core.''
In the 1800s, a migrant farmer named Maria Ann Smith worked as an apple orchardist. Her discovery of a new type of apple that never turned red, but was always green, tart, sweet, and perfect for a pie, was due in part to a fluke of nature, and in part to Maria's insight and determination. The beloved Granny Smith apple that we know today was named in her honor. This is her story.
Author Sarah Glenn Fortson has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master's in Education. This is her second children's picture book. She lives in Georgia. Illustrator Kris Aro McLeod is a freelance author and artist, and a former elementary school art teacher. She has written and illustrated several children's books and currently lives in Michigan.
''McLeod's illustrations bring history alive on the page . . . History, biography, and orchard science presented in a neat, green, apple-shaped package.''
''An attractive picture-book biography.''
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
''Thoughtfully rendered work of narrative nonfiction . . . language that is clear, engaging, and easy to follow . . . earth tone palette and soft quality of the illustrations complement the text while evoking the feeling of looking back in time.''