Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apples

Apples
Apple trees grow in more parts of the world than any other fruit tree. They have been in existence for about two million years. From blossom to pollination to picking, here is information about how they grow, their various parts and different varieties. Instructions on how to plant and care for an apple tree are included. Juice, jelly, cider, pie or right off the tree...apples are delicious (jacket description)

This past weekend, we took advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Wisconsin and went apple picking.  A yearly tradition that we never seem to outgrow and still enjoy together as a family. While out in the orchard, this reminded me of one of my many all-time favorite books by Gail Gibbons.  She provides much information on many topics and Apples is a great addition when it comes to the fall season.  Inside you will find a brief history on how the colonists brought apple seeds from England and then moved westward.  From pollination to picking time to the dormant stage, the book gives wonderful information on all things apple related.  After reading this book, you will gain an appreciation for all the apple truly has to offer. The illustrations are detailed and plentiful as well as bold and bright. For families looking to have a fun family day activity, this book would make a great read-a-loud before you head out to the orchard. Also, a recipe is included in the back pages and I know I am looking forward to baking my first apple pie with my daughter this year. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4 - 8.~

Title: Apples
Author: Gail Gibbons
Genre: nonfiction
Pub. Date: December 2000, Holiday House
Hardcover, 32 pgs.

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