The Apple Cake

Nienke van Hichtum; Illustrated by Marjan van Zeyl

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Quick Look

  • A fresh new edition of the much-loved classic picture book
  • This traditional story of trading and considering others' needs encourages sharing and caring
  • Warm pastel illustrations from Marjan van Zeyl perfectly accompany the gentle story from acclaimed Dutch author Nienke van Hichtum
  • Readers can make their own apple cake with an easy-to-follow recipe included

An old woman sets off to find some apples to make a delicious cake in this classic story of sharing and trading from acclaimed author Nienke van Hichtum, warmly illustrated by Marjan van Zeyl.

270 x 235 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 6 years
24 pages
Publication date:
16 Sep 2021


An old woman wants to bake an apple cake. She has everything she needs, except apples. So she sets off to market, taking a basket of plums to trade along the way, just in case...

This is a classic story of sharing, trading and caring. Children will love guessing what the woman will acquire next, and how, and seeing how her journey brings her a full circle as her kindness is repaid.


Nienke van Hichtum is the pseudonym of well-known Frisian Dutch children’s author Sjoukje Maria Diderika de Boer (1860–1939).

Marjan van Zeyl was born in Amsterdam and has illustrated several books for children, including Daisy the Hungry Duck and Hannah on the Farm.

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