His mother said, “I know about a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside. You can find it, if you go look for it.”
So the little boy went outside and there he met a little girl. He asked, “Do you know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
The little girl said, “No, I don’t know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside, but you can ask my daddy. He is a farmer and he knows lots of things. He’s down by the barn and maybe he can help you.”
So, the little boy went to the farmer down by the barn and said, “Do you know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
“No,” said the farmer, “I don’t know, but why don’t you ask Grandmother. She is in her house up on the hill. She is very wise and knows many things. Maybe she can help you.”
So, the little boy went up the hill to Grandmother’s and asked, “Do you know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
“No,” Grandmother answered, “I don’t know, but you ask Brother Wind, for Brother Wind goes everywhere, and I am sure he can help you.”
So, the little boy went outside and asked Brother Wind, “Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
And Brother Wind said, “Ooooohhhhh! And it sounded to the little boy as if the wind said, “Come with me.” So the little boy ran after Brother Wind. He ran through the grass and into the orchard and there on the ground he found the little house – the little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside! He picked it up, and it filled both of his hands. He ran home to his mother and said, “Look, Mother! I found the little red house with no doors and no windows, but I cannot see the star!”
So this is what his mother did (cut the apple across the middle from side to side, not top to bottom) .“Now I see the star!” said the little boy.
It would be good afterwards to follow up getting the kids to cut open an apple to see the star, with a chat about growing an apple from seed and grafting. http://www.stivesorchard.co.uk/grow-apple-from-seed/
Also seeing how long a peel they can get with an apple peeler or doing apple prints. Could also make apple snacks spreading peanut butter / honey / nuts / raisons on top of apple slices. (ideas from https://mommyapolis.com/tag/apple-star-story/)
HOW THE APPLE GOT IT’S STAR
A twist on the traditional Waldorf Apple Story: a fairy story for children about how the apple got its star, which children can then discover for themselves
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, the world only had one apple tree.
It was just a baby apple tree, a seedling with small roots and no branches to speak of.
One night, the little apple sprout looked up into the night sky and admired the beautiful stars. The little apple sprout wanted so badly to reach up and touch them, so it stretched and stretched and stretched… until it was a great apple tree.
But as much as the great apple tree stretched, it still could not reach the stars.
The great apple tree began to cry, it was so sad that it could not touch the beautiful stars. A star fairy heard the great apple tree cry, and flew down to ask what was wrong.
The great apple tree cried, “Oh, star fairy, I want to touch the stars! But I am way down here and they are way up there!”
The star fairy thought for a moment and said, “Great apple tree, I will bring you back a star, but the stars live very far away so it will be awhile before I return.” And with that, the star fairy flew back up into the sky, leaving the great apple tree in wonder.
With spring, the great apple tree had beautiful green leaves and pink flowers, but still could not touch the stars.
And then with summer, the pink flowers grew turned white, just like the bright stars, and began to turn into tiny apples, but the great apple tree still could not touch the stars.
And then with fall, the tiny apples grew bigger and bigger and bigger… until they were ready to eat! The great apple tree was so proud of its apples that it forgot all about the stars, until one day when the star fairy came back.
“I brought you a basket of stars,” said the star fairy, “but your branches are full of apples! How would you ever hold them?”
“Oh, thank you, Star Fairy,” exclaimed the Great Apple Tree, “but I no longer need the stars. My apples fill up my branches and are so pretty, I couldn’t bear to part with them.”
The Star Fairy thought for a moment and then said, “I will give each of your apples a star, hidden deep within, and every time a child cuts open an apple, she will see a beautiful star!”
And with that, the Star Fairy touched her wand to every apple and planted deep within it a star.
To this day, whenever you cut open an apple, you will find a star buried deep, waiting for you to discover it.