This is such a cute story that I got from a teacher years ago. You’re supposed to read/tell the story out loud, and then cut the apple at the end, just like the mother, to find the star inside.
Once upon the time a young boy named Johnny was searching for something interesting to do. His mother suggested that he go outside and play with his toys. His train was fun as it chugged in and out of his garage. “Clank! Clank!” went the fire bell as his fire engine zoomed down the sidewalk… But Johnny was tired of his toys.
“Please, Mother, tell me about something interesting that I can do,” begged Johnny. His mother then suggested that he go outside and find a little red, round house that had no doors or windows but had a star inside of it.
Johnny looked and looked but he couldn’t find the little red, round house with no doors, no windows, and a star inside of it. When he became tired of looking, he went to his grandmother’s. Grandmother was always ready to listen, and she was wise. She thought and thought. Finally she told Johnny that when she had a problem which she couldn’t solve, she always went over to Farmer Brown.
Away went Johnny to Farmer Brown’s home. “Please sir, can you help me? My mother asked me to find a little red, round house with no doors and no windows and a star inside of it. I asked my grandmother to help me, but she said that when she has a problem, she comes to you.”
Farmer Brown thought and thought. He looked up at the apple tree at the top of the hill. “When I have a problem and I don’t know the answer, I go to the wind. Why don’t you go to the top of the hill and stand under the apple tree and listen 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? Who ever heard of a star inside an apple? I’ll just open it and see.”
Johnny took the apple to his mother, who said, “You have found a house with no doors and no windows but where is the star?” His mother took a knife (AT A THIS POINT, START CUTTING AN APPLE CROSSWISE) and cut the apple through the center. “There it is! There it is! A little red, round house with no doors and no windows and a star inside of it.” There inside the apple, lay a star holding five brown seeds.
*Adapted from “Food for Little People”