Polishing the Apples is for young readers, but its focus and stirring view will inspire readers of all age groups and all lovers of poetry. Using poetry to assist in the development and maintenance of good character traits is the theme of Polishing the Apples. Apples are polished to make them pleasing to the appetite and character is polished, with the use of poetry, to make it pleasing to humanity.
Through the use of her poetry, in Polishing the Apples, Evelyn Dilworth-Williams, reveals a rich treatise for children who are embracing developmental issues of character and moral development. Her poems are primarily designed for young readers yet are easily enjoyed by mature readers as well.