On a day perfect for apple picking, the bunny family heads to Long Hill Orchard. Mr. Miller takes them to the trees on his wobbly farm wagon and tells them all sorts of fun facts about fall's favorite fruit. Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has painstakingly glued in place simple cut-paper shapes to give her illustrations their bold colors and three-dimensional quality. Her story includes a recipe, an apple-print project, apple sayings, and an apple song for parents and children to share.
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Author Nancy Elizabeth Wallace is the author of a number of books, including Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!, Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!, Recycle Every Day!, Pumpkin Day!, and The Valentine Express. Nancy lives in Branford, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-This story about a family outing is packed full of useful facts. As Minna, her brother Pip, and their parents enjoy a day at Long Hill Orchard, readers learn a little bit about different varieties of apples and their characteristics and uses, as well as how the fruit is picked and grown. A brief mention of Johnny Appleseed, a recipe for applesauce (complete with suggestions to seek adult help), instructions for making apple prints, a list of related sayings, and a song are also included. Wallace presents information clearly while maintaining the narrative flow of the story. The cut-paper collage illustrations, which feature a cast of colorfully clad rabbits, are deceptively simple. Bold shapes and monochromatic backgrounds keep the pictures clean and uncluttered. At the same time, the artist combines different textures and juxtaposes and layers various objects to make the scenes look three-dimensional. In addition to showing Minna and her family, the artwork supports the text with charts and diagrams that are both helpful and visually appealing. The endpapers, which feature full-page images of an apple tree in each of the four seasons, are particularly eye-catching. Pair this with Gail Gibbons's The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (Harcourt, 1984) for a good introduction to a popular topic.
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
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Book Description Scholastic, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0439274613
Book Description Scholastic, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110439274613