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Though they have little to do with the science behind the planet’s changing seasons, the new titles in the Picture the Seasons series do a fabulous job of conjuring up the sights, smells, and sensations of a brisk autumn. Using minimal text with National Geographic’s typically fine photographs, Esbaum brings out familiar, comforting details of the outdoors—and slips in a lesson or two so skillfully readers won’t even mind. Apples for Everyone starts small with extreme close-ups of buds and bees before wowing with wide shots of apple-strewn orchards and massive buckets of fruit. The writing flows with sensory details (“Your teeth sink in—crunch!—and tart-sweet juice dribbles down your chin”) and works in bits of history, such as the story of Johnny Appleseed. Fun, cozy, evocative stuff Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

About the Author

Jill Esbaum is the award-winning author of several books for young readers. She lives on a farm near Dixon, Iowa, with her husband and family. She loves visiting school, as well as teaching adults how to write for children in numerous classes and workshops.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Picture the Seasons
  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1 edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426305230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426305238
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Esbaum grew up in small-town Iowa. Her summers were spent creating comic strips, getting kittens to follow her home, and playing Barbie beauty pageant with the neighbor girls (during which her Barbie frequently tripped and fell during the swimsuit competition). One of her favorite possessions was the mini flashlight that illuminated post-bedtime, undercover reading marathons with Nancy Drew.

She is a frequent school visitor and conference speaker. She teaches writing for children at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Whispering Woods Picture Book Writing Retreat. She lives with her husband on a farm near Davenport, Iowa.

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Great book very bright pictures and well done.
traci poellnitz
It can be used in a Venn Diagram comparing Apples and Pumpkins by using the book "Seed, Sprout Pumpkin Pie," along with this book.
T. Powell
I learned something new in each of the books from this series!
Jessica Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Many times in the fall season children are off on classroom field trips to farms, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards. This book is one is a series of National Geographic books called "Picture the Seasons." This slim book gives the young student an opportunity to get a glimpse at one of our favorite fruits, the apple, and to take a tour of an orchard. Both the text and its vibrant, accompanying photographs would make an excellent reading experience prior to a field trip.

In the spring apple trees begin to blossom in "orchards and backyards." Bees are attracted to these trees and "buzz from blossom to blossom." After the petals fall from the trees, "fuzzy small bumps appear" that will eventually turn into many different varieties of apples. When the apples are mature, many fall to the ground, "then rot and become food for the growing tree." Once the apples are harvested in the fall they find their way to many places from roadside stands to grocery stores. In this book you will see how people bob for apples, munch on candied ones, see them in pies, learn how they are made into applesauce or cider, you'll learn a bit about the history of their growth in America, you'll meet Johnny Appleseed, you'll learn how you can see the "star pockets" in an apple, and will see many apple varieties.

This visual tour of one of America's favorites, the apple, will teach the young child many interesting facts about this fruit. Of course a book this short is not a treatise, but rather an introduction to the apple. Its intention is to introduce the apple to the young student, primarily in a visual mode. The text is informative, but the pictures relate a parallel story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on October 13, 2009
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Oh. my. goodness! The photography in this book is absolutely STUNNING and mouthwatering. Right away I found myself thinking, "What better way to tempt kids to eat right!" This is a great companion for an autumn or Johnny Appleseed theme or study series. I plan to use this book with my first grader for that very purpose and also when we study apples for science (how an apple tree grows) and art (making designs with cut apples and paint used as stamps). As you can see, much use can come from this awesome little book. Definitely worth the money for teachers, homeschoolers and any parent that wants to encourage their little one to grab an apple for snack! Perfect for autumn.
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I like this book because of the wonderful illustrations, how it shows apple production (from blossom to market), the pictures of children with apples, and the subtle humor in some of the text. I have used it in pre-K to 5th grade classes. All have enjoyed it. I like to bring in a variety of apples for students to see and handle after we read it. By doing so, they gain a better understanding of the descriptions and varieties they see in the book.
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By bellasmama on October 18, 2013
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I thought that this book was really informative and kept my 6 year old daughter's interest. The pictures are beautiful and it's a must have book for fall. I got this book the week we went apple picking and she quoted some facts while we were at the orchard. I also bought the book "Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie" which is the same concept but it's about Pumpkins. Love them both!
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All of these National Geographic books are great and you cannot go wrong for the price. They have beautiful photography and make learning come alive for kids. Both my five year old and seven year old love these books and we bring them out as the seasons change to help illustrate what is going on in our own back yard. Your child will not even know he/she is learning!
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A wonderful book with gorgeous pictures and excellent text. It can be used in a Venn Diagram comparing Apples and Pumpkins by using the book "Seed, Sprout Pumpkin Pie," along with this book. Or, just read it for the beauty of the book and the seasons.
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By J. Sherrill on October 13, 2012
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Wonderful NEW book out on apples. The first grade class loved it! Great pictures and wonderful information. I think any of these National Geographic Kids Books would be a winner. Nice to see a fresh new book on the shelves that is new information!
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By Jessica Johnson on January 31, 2015
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My baby loves nonfiction books with real pictures. She enjoys these books, and I love reading them to her. I learned something new in each of the books from this series!
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