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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A Thumbelina-sized boy and girl who live in an apple tree follow its progress and enjoy its fruits. The illustrations capture subtle characteristics, from the lichen on the bark to the many colors and varieties of fruit. However, after the pollinating by bees, the text refers to the tiniest apples, all soft and downy. These small beginnings of apples are usually very hard and not at all edible, and readers may be confused by this description. The lovely pictures and in-demand topic make this title a good choice for libraries needing to refresh their apple-tree storybooks. In addition, the author mentions several things that one can do with apples: make art, applesauce, and a pie.–Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this lovely Swedish import, two impish children introduce the changes each season brings to their apple tree, beginning with bare, snow-covered boughs in winter. When spring arrives, the tree's riot of glorious blooms begins the cycle of flower, fruit, and harvest, until winter arrives again. In spare, elegant language, just two or three sentences per page, Naslund presents very basic facts about the growing cycle: "Pink buds and white blossoms show that [the tree] is ready to make apples again." Children may want fuller explanations for some concepts, such as the roles that bees and pollen play in the process. But the text and evocative and whimsical artwork, which showcases many varieties of apple, will surely encourage kids to wonder about the miracle of growing things and the incredible diversity found in such an everyday fruit. For more detailed information about a plant's life, suggest Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! (2004). Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596431911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431911
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Görel Kristina Näslund was born in 1940 and grew up in a village outside Umeå, a town close to the northern east coast of Sweden. Görel was a home economist when she and her husband at that time moved to St. Paul, Minnesota,in 1961. In Twin Cities she studied journalism at the University of Minnesota and wrote her first book called Foods and Festivals Swedish Style (Dillon Press, Minneapolis). After leaving St. Paul she stayed for two years in Denver, Colorado. During this time Görel taught Swedish and French cooking in her own cooking school. In weekends, she enjoyed downhill skiing in the mountains. After more than 40 years she still is in contact with Francie, one of the students, and the two of them have travelled together in Europe.

Back in Stockholm in 1970, Görel, now divorced, worked for some years at Expressen, a large evening newspaper, and then for nearly a decade at the weekly magazine Vi. In 1982 it was time for another move. She left journalism to study psychology. Today, Görel is a psychologist and doctor of medical science having presented a thesis at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Since that first book published in Minneapolis, Görel has written about 30 more books in subjects such as psychology, cooking, and pomology. Apples happens to be her great favorite. What is so special about apples? Their beauty, their delicate smell, their taste, as well as their important place in mythology and legends, is her answer. The climate helps to give Nordic apples an outstanding goodness.

Today Görel lives with her partner Gullmar in a house surrounded with apple trees just north of Stockholm. Gullmar too is a fan of apples. And he makes a fantastic Tarte Tatin, the famous French apple cake.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An apple tree is hard at work all year round. In the winter it is getting ready to make apples. All through the spring, summer, and into the fall, the apples are growing. Throughout the process, from bees drawing nectar and pollinating the apple blossoms, to birds and worms attracted to them as food, to their eventually to being harvested for people to enjoy, apple trees are a constant benefit. Our Apple Tree, engagingly written by Gorel Kristina Naslund and superbly illustrated by Kristina Digman follows one particular apple tree though all the seasons of the year in a wonderfully entertaining picturebook ideal for young readers ages 3 through 7. For parents there is even a very "kitchen cook" friendly recipe for Apple Crisp in the back!
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This is a neat little book perfect for young readers to learn about the life of an apple tree and its fruit. Orchards like to have it available when school tours come through on their field trips.

Lee Jackson
Author, From the Apple Orchard - Recipes for Apple Lovers
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