This has been another favorite picture book of mine since I discovered it about 10 years ago. How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman is a delightful story about a young girl who travels the world in search of ingredients to make her own apple pie since the local market is closed. While the manner in which she travels the world to collect her fresh ingredients is rather fanciful, the detailed geography and scientific facts are the gems of the story. The book also includes a map, a recipe for apple pie, and directions for an apple-tasting party. Yum!
This story is a great conversation/inquiry starter for a variety of topics: favorite desserts, world geography and languages, communities and customs, modes of transportation, native animals, evaporation, and types of apples. . . just to name a few.