Apple Cake by Nienke Van Hichtum
The first time I read this story to Nunu, she was 5 years old. I remember the joyful tears in her eyes when she listened to the part of this story where the handsome youth’s face lit up when he received a desperately needed kind gesture from the old lady. What an endearing story! How this lovely tale nourishes the soul!
I decided that Nunu and I should share this story with her friends on her 6th birthday in November 2010.
I read that when Tasha Tudor was raising her own children, she used to put together puppet shows with her children’s help. They would invite the neighborhood children to come and attend. This way, the Tudor children made extra pocket money. Hot drinks and some baked treats were served. When I read about this, I loved it so much that I was compelled to try it at home!
This delicious story starts like this…
There was an old woman who took a fancy one day to eat an apple cake. She had plenty of flour, sugar and butter, and enough spices. But the one thingshe did not have was an apple. She did have plums: a whole tree full of plums, the roundest and reddest that you ever saw. Well, you just cannot make an apple cake from plums, even if you try your very hardest!
I edited out the bickering scenes to avoid the negative energy, thus saving me 2 extra dolls to make.
The handsome youth scene. We only had a maritime sailor doll that day. So, we used him. Deviation from the original character!
The old woman took the flowers from her basket and gave them to the young man. At once his face lit up, the frown vanished from his forehead, and now he was the handsomest and finest young man that ever the sun shone down upon.
“… But she had hardly gone ten yards before she saw a poor woman with her two children sitting on the doorstep of a tumbledown cottage, all of them looking as miserable as she herself was happy…”To save time (for making a new doll), we dressed our mermaid doll in rags and cast her as the poor woman.
The little white doggie twisted out of pipe cleaner. He fitted nicely in the Old Woman’s basket.
The Finale scene. Boy! Even I was getting hungry from the plot.
The children ate the birthday apple cake (click here for Nienke Van Hichtum’s Apple Cake recipe) right after the puppet show.
Another cast of Apple Cake as made by the Wednesday Crafting Group at the Waldorf School of Orange County. This beautiful needle felted set was auctioned off with the story book at a school fundraiser.
Needle felted cast of The Apple Cake, made by our Wednesday crafting group led by Rachel and Chirstine. I made the flamboyant youth. In retrospect, I could have tone down his dandy ensemble a tad.
a link to this book on amazon.com
January 16, 2013. I love this set so much, I made a second set for a request for children in Brazil. Click on link below to view my crafting process for the Brazilian table top puppet dolls set.