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Apples, Apples, Apples
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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
on October 1, 2010
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.

I have included "The Apple Song" from the end of the book in the Song Book the kids get to choose songs from during group time. It's always in there this time of year, and one of my little boys picks that song every day, the whole time it's in the book, every year. When autumn starts getting close, he gets super excited about getting to sing "The Apple Song" again because it's his favorite song. He's been singing it all day today! Haha
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2001
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
on February 18, 2001
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
on 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
on October 22, 2012
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
on October 18, 2011
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
on March 11, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
my daughter told me they have that book.in class so I was curious. it is great learning and simple enough. a bit small letters for the kindle fire HDX. but still good.
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The book itself is wonderful...love 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. Even when I tap on each section they only get a bit bigger. Also the tap to magnify text is very buggy and only works sometimes. If there is a way to make the text and pictures bigger I'd love to know.
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