The Apple and the Arrow
The Apple and the Arrow
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Annotation: Eleven-year-old Walter Tell awaits the skillful demonstration of his father William, a Swiss freedom fighter, who will shoot an apple from his head.
Catalog Number: #4562351
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1951
Edition Date: 1979
Pages: 74 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-618-12809-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-618-12809-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2001131051
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
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In the latest Ruby Raccoon book, Ruby wakes up expecting to have a perfect day, but one by one her friends say they're too busy to hang out with her. Ultimately, it is a perfect day--"for being all by myself!" This tribute to self-reliance has substance beneath its deceptively simple sentences. The art is sweet and delicate without being too precious.
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Newbery Honor
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Word Count: 14,055
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 19039 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q00543
Lexile: 750L

The year is 1291, and Walter is the twelve-year-old son of William Tell, the greatest bowman in the land of Uri. Walter lives happily in the remote heights of the Alpine Mountains, caring for his family's goat herd and practicing his marksmanship in the hopes of making his father proud. But as the end of the year approaches, Walter's peaceful life is shaken as his country enters a revolution, and Walter must carry a secret that could threaten the life of the father he loves so dearly. More than seven hundred years have passed since the day Walter stood in the marketplace balancing an apple on his head while the Austrian tyrant Gessler commanded Walter's father, William Tell, to take aim at the apple with his great crossbow. The dramatic tale of William's arrest and escape and the daring revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians has become a legend around the world.

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