Product Code: 16946
Binding Information: Hardback
Ages: 5 - 8
Grade Highest: 3rd
Grade Lowest: K
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Today, the average American consume about sixty-five fresh apples each year. Where do so many apples come from? How do they grow? Jacqueline Farmer takes young readers on a field trip to the apple orchard to find out how apple growers turn seeds and seedlings into the many different varieties of America's favorite fruit. Recipes, trivia, and fun facts included.
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Booklist - June 15, 2007The author and illustrator of Pumpkins (2004) turn their focus to apples in this informative picture book. In a text that covers how "the most popular fruit in the United States" is grown and harvested, Farmer delves into both basic botany - that parts of a flower; how pollination occurs - and more advanced concepts, such as grafting. Children encountering plant science for the first time will need help puzzling through the challenging concepts and vocabulary; photosynthesis, for example, is alluded to but not fully explained. Later spreads offer more accessible overview of apple varieties (pictured in a handsome, illustrated chart), nutrition, and historical significance. The watercolor-and-pencil artwork includes helpful, labeled diagrams as well as multicultural apple lovers, picking, eating, and enjoying the fruit, in the past and today. A recipe for apple pie and list of more apple facts close this solid choice for science units. Pair this with Betsy's Maestro's How Do Apples Grow? (1991) and Gail Gibbons' Apples (2000).
School Library Journal - September 1, 2007Farmer provides a wealth of information here. The process of grafting is clearly explained, as are the differences between apple juice and cider, the nutritional value of the popular fruit, and the apple in history and legend. A handy chart detailing the various kinds of apples and their appropriate uses is included, as is a page of facts and records and a recipe for apple pie. Watercolor illustrations feature a multicultural cast of smiling children. The pictures accurately reflect the text and are attractive, although a bit stiff. Libraries owning Gail Gibbons’s Apples (Holiday House, 2000) will still find this book useful for supporting those fall/apple units.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews - September 1, 2007I grew up taking apples for granted. My mother would always include one in my lunchbox, but it was usually bruised and completely unappealing by the time I got to it, so most of the time my apples ended up in the trashcan. But now that I'm of an age where good nutrition carries a whole new meaning (ie. continued survival), I've developed a deep affection for this hardy fruit. This book is for older children and teaches them how apples are grown in modern orchards with just enough science to convey the facts without instilling yawns. If you want to seal the deal, do what McDonald's does<&mdash>slice a chilled apple in wedges and serve it with vanilla yogurt drizzled over them. Yummy, guilt-free snacks.
School Library Journal Focus on Food - October 1, 2009Conversational text and warm-hued watercolors present a bounty of facts about theses American favorites, clearly describing the cultivation and harvesting, uses, and history of each fruit. From a clear explanation of grafting apples to a lively recounting of why people carve pumpkins, these books will inform and delight young readers.