Start a New Fall Tradition with the "Star House" Story

It was 45 years ago that I first heard the Star House story. I was in preschool, sitting on the floor in a semi-circle with
a bunch of other kids. Our teacher sat in a rocking chair, beguiling us with this tale that stuck with me well into adulthood. When I became a kindergarten teacher, I shared it with my students. When I became a mother, I shared it with my sons. When I became a preschool teacher, I shared it with the kids and their parents. It's become a tradition in my life. As harvest begins and the grocery stores and farmer's markets fill up with apples, I know it's time to pass on the "Star House"
story to the next generation.

   The Star House Story

**Have an apple and knife ready but keep them hidden. At the end of the story, cut the apple across the core instead of along the line of the core. There will be a star pattern inside of it!

Once upon a time a young boy named Johnny was searching for something interesting to do. His mother suggested he
go outside to play with his toys. But Johnny was tired of his toys.

"Please, Mommy, tell me something interesting I can do," begged Johnny. His mother then suggested he go outside to find a little red, round house with no doors or windows but with a star inside of it.

Johnny looked and looked, but he couldn't find the little red house with no doors, no windows, and a star inside of it. When
he became tired of looking, he went to find his grandmother. Grandma was always ready to listen and she was wise. She thought and thought. Finally, she told Johnny whenever she had a problem she couldn't solve she would go to the wind. So Johnny went to the top of the hill and stood under an apple tree and listened to the wind.

Swish...Swish...Swish went the wind and an apple fell right near Johnny's feet. Johnny picked it up and looked at it. It was little. It was round. It was red! "A little red, round house," thought Johnny. "Maybe with a star inside of it? Whoever heard of a star inside an apple? I'll just open it and see."

"There it is! There it is! A little red, round house with no door and no windows and a star inside of it."

Studies show young children don't hear nearly enough non-fiction. Reading about apples is a fun, non-threatening way to introduce facts to little ones. Their interest will get piqued and they'll want to learn more.

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