Golden Delicious

A Cinderella Apple Story

Paul and Lloyd Stark, owners of the Stark Bro’s Nursery in Missouri, were looking for the perfect apple. It would be sweet and juicy. It would bring them fame and fortune, and would be crowned Queen of the Apple World! Box after box arrived from farmers who were sure they had grown the perfect apple, but none of the apples was quite right.

Meanwhile, many miles away in the hills of West Virginia, Anderson Mullins was inspecting his new farm. It had been a hot summer and everything was dry as dust. He certainly didn’t expect to find a glossy, green-leaved tree loaded with shining yellow apples.

When the Stark brothers received Anderson Mullins’s yellow apples in the spring of 1914, they were astonished. Never had they tasted anything so crisp and delicious! Was this the apple they had been looking for? Paul Stark set out on a thousand-mile journey to see this marvelous tree for himself.

Based on real events, this story of how the Golden Delicious apple came to be is perfect for discussions on nature and growing fruits and vegetables.

  • 9780807594070
  • March 2015

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  • This lightly fictionalized story of the golden delicious apply truly reads like a fairy tale…A standout amidst the proliferation of apple books found in elementary classrooms.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • This lively, true tale is set in the American heartland more than 100 years ago…the folksy, colored-pencil illustrations, shaded with lots of earthy golds and greens, show the ordinary people who find glowing surprise.

    - Booklist

  • Kemly’s soft pastel illustrations provide interesting historical details, including dress and transportation, and help to move the story along…Resourceful teachers could easily find history and science connections to this story.

    - School Library Journal

  • Highly recommended for homes and libraries.

    - Children's Literature

Awards & Accolades

  • Nominee, 2009-2010 West Virginia Children's Choice Award
  • Featured Book, West Virginia Read to Me Day 2008
  • 2008 Mail Order Gardening Association Green Thumb Award (for gardening package including book)


Common Core

RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 5.40