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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-- Beginning with the bare branches of winter, the Maestros describe the apple until the time of picking. The parts of the flower are presented in a simple manner and labeled. Fertilization is also discussed in a way that is easily understood. The text is brief, but adequate in its content. Soft watercolor illustrations enhance the text. An excellent addition, particularly in communities that celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday. --Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A straightforward, carefully detailed presentation of how ``fruit comes from flowers,'' from winter's snow-covered buds through pollination and growth to ripening and harvest. Like the text, the illustrations are admirably clear and attractive, including the larger-than-life depiction of the parts of the flower at different stages. An excellent contribution to the solidly useful ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science'' series. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451178
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color?
The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Ludwig on December 5, 2006
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I purchased this with the hope that I would be able to use the pictures for discussion about apples with the preschoolers that I teach. The illustrations are wonderful but are truly geared toward an early elementary school level science curriculum. A better choice for my age level children was The Season's of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons in which a little boy interacts with a tree throughout the seasons of the year.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
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Betsy Maestro has done it again! Her book about how apples grow is both informative and fun to read. Students will be captivated by the story and the pictures. This book is a must have for all classrooms!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on September 16, 2009
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This book describes the way an apple grows on a tree, from the tiny leaf buds that exist in winter, to flowers blooming while bees pollinate them, through the time the apple ripens and is harvested. The text gives carefully detailed descriptions of how the fruit develops without being wordy, and children who like to understand how things work will appreciate the straightforward way these facts are presented. Like most of the books in this series, the illustrations are pretty average, but when apple harvest rolls around this is a great book to have in the reading basket. While the general concept of an apple growing from a flower will be understood by preschoolers, it is targeted toward primary school ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie S. on February 28, 2009
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I read this book many times with my kids when they were younger and learned a lot myself in the meantime. The material is well presented and clear, but has a lot of details that explains the change from flower to fruit. It was fun after reading to look at apple trees in different stages of the year and see the fruits growing, understanding how it all happened. A must for homeschool science!
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Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

This series is perfect for basic introductions to science topics. Told simply, but with enough detail to present the topic thoroughly. The text is written in a narrative voice that is friendly while being informative. The pictures illustrate diagrams with lines pointing to certain parts being discussed and throughout the story the same orchard and family are featured. A perfect combination of text and illustrations make this an enjoyable and understandable read for all. This husband & wife team always produce excellent non-fiction children's books together. You can't go wrong when you mix The Maestros with the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" series.
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I purchased this book to supplement what my school library had for my recent "Apple Theme" week. The pictures were really good & although I had to skip some of the text for my students (Special Ed 3,4 & 5 year olds) they seemed to enjoy hearing about it. From looking at the pictures we got some good ideas for apple "projects" we could do at school (painting pictures of the inside (white) and outside (red) of apples), cutting apples apart - both horizontally & vertically so they could see, first-hand, the arrangement of the seeds & making apple prints of this, etc. A really good (non-fiction) addition for my apple theme week.
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We actually used this neat book as part of our science curriculum with our homeschool. It is loaded with vivid pictures and awesome facts about apples. The process from start to finish is covered right in these pages in a way that really makes learning fun. I appreciate that!!!!!
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I enjoyed the quality of the book and the in-depth pictures used to describe the apple. My class enjoyed learning about the Apple lifecycle and we used this book as a resource. I was able to intertwine Science/Reading and Writing with this book as a resource.
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