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Apples, Apples, Apples [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s a blue sky autumn day and Minna, Pop, Mom, and Dad have decided to go on an outing to Long Hill Orchard. As the bunnies fill their baskets, Farmer Miller teaches them all about apples. This charming story is filled with fun facts, activities, and an applesauce recipe.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cut-paper illustrations trace this educational tale of a bunny family's outing to an orchard and its aftermath. Wallace shoehorns in useful information on apple culture, from selected varieties and their uses to planting, grafting and proper picking technique. Readers learn that the apple is actually a member of the rose family and discover the parts of an apple when the farmer cuts one in half. Later, when the bunny family of four return home, they are treated to applesauce (the recipe, with step-by-step illustrations, is included). Also included are instructions for making apple prints, a list of apple maxims and an apple song. Wallace's artwork excels in the instructional sections, with clear labels of the proceedings, and a lively spread of the orchard. Less successful are the characters themselves, which show little personality or differentiation. This title will likely be of most interest to teachers. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5636 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P3IZZ6
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a great picture book with interesting cutout paper illustrations. It is a story of a (rabbit) family that goes apple picking in the fall. This is a New England tradition that I have enjoyed so the book is especially appealing to me. The family goes picking apples and the farmer goes along. The farmer explains some factual things such as how many seeds are usually in the apples and how they grow the trees from rootstock.
Each member of the family wants a different type of apple for a different purpose. The family cooks applesauce and the recipe is included. There is a song with music notations and directions for doing an apple printing craft.
This family enjoys learning about the apples and there are some factual pictures such as how the apple tree is grafted onto a root and a labeling of the parts of a bisected apple. I especially like how the story illustrates the children and parents as being interested in learning about the apples.
This is a fun storybook, a good mixture of story and facts with a few activities! This would make a great book for preschool or Kindergarten teaches, perfect for reading in the autumn or combining with a real trip to pick apples!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! October 1, 2010
By A. E.
Every autumn, I do a unit on apples with my child care kids. This is one of our favorite books! It has lots of neat information about apples (Everything from Johnny Appleseed, to qualities of different varieties of apples, to tree grafting!), which is introduced through a fun story about a family of bunnies taking a trip to the apple orchard, rather than just listing facts like a lot of informational children's books do. It includes an idea for an apple craft, a recipe for applesauce, and a really cute song that the kids just adore! I have a mixed age group with infants up to five-year-olds, and they all love the book every time we read it. Then again, they all love books in general. We read a lot.

We read the book for group time today and made the applesauce, which we will have for snack after they wake from nap. I make it in a crock pot and let it simmer in there for a few hours. It makes the classroom smell wonderful and really builds the anticipation for getting to finally try it.

We'll be doing apple prints next week. I prefer to use the whole apple halves, rather than cutting around the "star" in the middle (which is what the book says to do). You do kind of waste the apple that way because you could eat the parts you cut off the other way, but the prints are more representative of apples when you use the whole halves. I also cut an apple the other way (top to bottom) so the kids can make prints that are the actual heart-like shape of the apple. If you use the whole halves, be sure to cut notches so the kids have somewhere to hold them. It's hard to pick apple halves up when they are stuck to your paper with paint and all you have to grab onto is smooth apple skin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apples, Apples, Apples October 10, 2001
By Julie
This is an amazingly illustrated book. The pictures are very captivating to young children.
The book not only offers a story, but great apple activities as well.
As a childcare provider, I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A picture story and nonfiction in one book! February 18, 2001
By A Customer
This appealing book of pictures created using papercutouts tells The story of the bunny family's outing to the apple orchard. All the aspects of picking your own apples are presented. They get to ride out to the orchard on a wagon pulled by a tractor, have to choose which varieties to pick, and the farmer weighs the apples in the end. Information about apples is presented through the apple farmer. At home applesauce is made (recipe included), an apple craft is featured and an apple song is included as well. Should be perfect for before or after your next trip to the orchard or anytime of year. I think little ones will enjoy it as much as I did!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great November 2, 2007
This book is great, very well written and it includes great math concepts. Also includes a homemade applesauce recipe at the end which turned out perfect, my kids LOVE this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All about an apple October 22, 2012
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I liked this book because it was especially easy for my preschool class to comprehend. They enjoyed the detailed cut paper pictures and could look at the illustrations and understand the story as it was being read. They could also look at the book on their own and enjoy the meaning of the book. A major delight and surprise was the chart about varieties of apples and what they are best used for, like for cider, baking or cooking, and how they taste. This book is not just a great apple recipe resource (with a song), but a fantastic family find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My sons favorite book October 18, 2011
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This is my 2.5 year olds favorite book, we have to read it at naptime and bedtime. I like that it's educational (out of nowhere the other day he named all the parts of an apple) and it has a fun song and recipe for applesauce in it. My son also loves the chart of apples and has to tell me which family member likes what apple every time we read it lol. The only negative I'd have to say is that it's not written the best, but no kid cares about that anyway :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect March 11, 2013
By Jon N.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Teaching first and second graders about apples and where their gods comes from. Great resource, east to read and great pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I was looking for for my kindergarten class!
Published 4 months ago by Sue B
5.0 out of 5 stars apples!
Great book for teaching my preschool class about apples and for getting us ready to go apple picking. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Crudo
5.0 out of 5 stars The children in our family home day care loved this and I loved...
The children in our family home day care loved this and I loved getting it in a quick manner on my Kindle.
Published 7 months ago by Phil Kight
5.0 out of 5 stars small letters
The book itself is the apple facts,recipes,crafts,and song mixed in with the story. The problem is that when read on an iPad or kindle the words are tiny. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun book.
my daughter told me they have that class so I was curious. it is great learning and simple enough. a bit small letters for the kindle fire HDX. but still good.
Published 17 months ago by S.g.
5.0 out of 5 stars Apples, Apples, apples
Great and simple book. Similar style as Lois Ehlert and enjoyed by therapy kids both young and older. Adults enjoyed it too.
Published 17 months ago by M.Morales-Guzman
2.0 out of 5 stars Toddler disappointment
I felt the look of the book would be fine for the two year old I work with , but it really is for an older child.
Published 23 months ago by speekeazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple Stories for Young Children
My PPCD (special ed Pre-K) students enjoyed this book. It brought out a lot of topics for discussion - (can rabbits talk, wear clothes, pick apples, etc. Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by College Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 year old boy loved it!
My 3 year old son loved this book and had fun with the apple printing craft and making apple sauce (recipe in book). Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by Melissa Mullan
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More About the Author

I love being out in Nature in all seasons - hiking, camping, star gazing, playing in the snow, gardening, beach combing - looking... listening...touching... being filled with WONDER. Nature is where many of the ideas for books come from. I love doing research and having those - WOW! I didn't know that - moments. I also paint seascapes... and love going to art museums. Guess which of my books that inspired! I write and illustrate books about what I love to do and what I care about. I love sharing with children and adults, my writing process, how I create my artwork and sharing what I have learned about visual literacy. Happy me, lucky me, being a children's book author and illustrator.

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