The apple tells the story

Kelowna took a bite out of the 23rd annual Apple Fair on Saturday at Laurel Packinghouse.

Kelowna took a bite out of the 23rd annual Apple Fair on Saturday at Laurel Packinghouse.

Some tables allowed visitors to taste various versions of the fruit, others educated guests on the history of apples in the community.

And one booth, run by a mother and daughter team, engaged the imagination through a children’s book called APPLEstory.

Lynn McCarthy and her daughter, Shauna Paynter, wrote the book based on an old family story.

“This has come down through the generations in my family,” said McCarthy. “I used to tell it to my kids and my grandmother told it to me. We decided we would put it into writing; children can learn a good lesson from it.”

APPLEstory tells the tale of four boys: Peter, Tommy, Archie and Rob. The boys discover a bright rosy apple and have varied opinions on who should get to eat it. The indecisiveness results in the boys losing the apple to a cow and, in turn, learning a lesson about sharing.

In 2009, McCarthy and Paynter decided to put their dream of creating and writing children’s books into action. The tales would be based on unique stories told by Paynter’s great grandmother, Martha Brinkman.

The result was the formation of Red Apple Publishing: McCarthy and Paynter’s own publishing company.

Released on Sept. 30, 2011, APPLEstory is the only book that has been produced by Red Apple Publishing; however, McCarthy explained that there are plans for more.

“We have a second one on the horizon; the artwork is being done on that,” said McCarthy.

The story will be about a greedy little boy who eventually learns a lesson and apologizes for his actions.

According to McCarthy, Red Apple Publishing is also open to looking at submissions.

“If people have a story, they can give it to us and we’ll take a look at it and see if maybe we can publish it for them.”

The company also sells artwork by APPLEstory’s illustrator, Sarah Burwash.

“Sarah lives in Halifax. She specializes in retro-looking things. Our books are based back in the early 1900s because our stories come from Irish immigrants who didn’t have books, they just had a lot of oral stories,” said Paynter.

Paynter, an on-call teacher, hopes to use her experience in the education field to help promote the book, including a series of lesson plans posted online that teachers can use as a resource.

To request a copy of APPLEstory, email or call 250-681-1100.


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