Renee Mihulka – Children's Book Reviews & Writer

Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost

A quiet story, written in verse, that tells the story of a family coming to terms with death while also celebrating life.


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OVERALL: 4 Stars

Concept:4.5 Stars
Characters:4 Stars
Plot:3.5 Stars
Writing:4 Stars


Helen Frost
Amy June Bates


I reviewed this book for the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

You can find my review by clicking here: CBCA Review



Written in verse, this book really comes to life when read aloud. Also, the short poems make it a good night time read — easy to stop at the end of a chapter/poem. The illustrations are gorgeous and worth spending time drinking in. There also are many quiet themes in this book that can be gently unpacked over time with your children. Can be read to children as young as three, right up to ten.

The themes include sickness, moving on after death, grieving, family, sharing stories and tradition.

Things to ask and discuss:

If you haven’t read the book, don’t worry. Ask these questions anyway and coax the answers out. Or just let your child mull it over alone. And don’t worry if they don’t want to talk about some of the things listed here, it’s ok to just let them talk about the bits they want to. Bottom line is, they will love that you are showing an interest and asking for their opinion even if they don’t always show it.


*Spoiler alerts in the questions!!*

1. What do you think the story is trying to tell you about the passing of time?

2. Why do you think it was so important to Faith that Uncle Arthur returned to make applesauce?

3. Talk about the different ways Peter, Faith and Uncle Arthur dealth with Lucy’s death.

4. What do you think really happened to Uncle Arthur’s missing finger?


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