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The Apple Pie Tree Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590623826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590623827
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-From bud to fruit, two children follow the cycle of an apple tree as it is nurtured through the seasons. The book incorporates the role of bees and the weather in the production of the fruit. Another use of the tree is shown, as a pair of robins build their nest and begin a family. The story ends with a nice, warm apple pie being taken from the oven. The large pictures and text are suitable for young children. The colorful, clear-cut illustrations use a paint and paper collage technique. An end note shows how bees pollinate the tree's flowers and offers a recipe for apple pie. Great for sharing with a group or one-on-one.
Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4^-7. Two young sisters describe the changes that occur in their backyard apple tree throughout the seasons of a year. The tree is bare and brown in winter, but spring brings two robins that build a nest and raise a family amid the apple blossoms. In summer, the robins fly off, the girls enjoy playing in the tree's shade, and the apples grow bigger and redder. Finally, in autumn, they pick apples and bake a delicious apple pie. Halpern's colorful collage illustrations perfectly complement the succinct text. Eschewing the use of backgrounds, she concentrates on the tree and the children, which results in crisp edges and an uncluttered appearance that will please young audiences. Appended with an explanation of pollination and a recipe for apple pie, this will make a perfect choice for fall story hours and primary science lessons. Pair with Gail Gibbons' Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (1984) for another perspective. Kay Weisman

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This is a great preschool book!
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After we read that book we started planting our own pumpkin patch.
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A family grows the "best part of an apple pie" the apples.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a favorite for me and my 3 year old son. We love following the apple tree from winter to fall with the two sisters. They're growing "the best part of apple pie" right in their yard. It's help to teach him about the seasons as well as the process of growing something and the pride in having a hand in creating something. He is enthralled by the collage style illustrations and watching the baby robins grow up in the tree. A recipe for the apple pie is included at the end of the book, but we always use our own. We just bought a second copy of this book to give to my son's preschool library and the teachers and children both were thrilled for the new addition. Sure to be a classic!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Interested in teaching about plants, the seasons, pollination? Read this book. Along with wonderful pictures, you can branch out into so many different science related topics. The apple tree grows, is pollinated, and finally, in fall, is ready for harvest. This book even includes a recipe for apple pie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Kerr on December 5, 2009
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I work at a daycare and I am always looking for an interesting book that I can do a craft with. My 2 year olds really enjoyed this book and we found a fun craft to follow it with...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Apple Pie Tree" is just a wonderful book to share with younger children. The large illustrations by Shari Halpern are cheerful and informative, reminding me a bit of Eric Carle.

The story teaches about the seasons, how apples grow from blossoms, and how little robins hatch from eggs and then are fledged. In addition, children will be reminded of how they change their own behavior due the the changing of the seasons.

The book ends with a recipe and pictures of the children making a pie. There is also one page dedicated to the roll bees play in pollinating the blossoms.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. G Mindel on September 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We discovered The Apple Pie Tree back in the Spring, and have enjoyed reading it over and over as we've watched our own apple tree follow in nature's cycle. This was a great intro into some of the more sciency picture books, and from here we've delved into so many in this genre. My son is only two, but when presented as delightfully as this book, and Zoe Hall's others, it remains engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Boyden on September 8, 2010
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September means I share apple stories with all my preschool storytelling shows, so here's to Zoe Hall's THE APPLE PIE TREE, illustrated by Shari Halpern. A family grows the "best part of an apple pie" the apples. It takes the readers through a year in the life of an apple tree and a robin family that lives in it. The art is gorgeous, bright colorful images with intriguing details. Ends with pie...what kid can resist?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I probably would have liked this book better if it had had different illustrations. But I wasn't really a fan of the style used. I've seen plenty of cut paper collage type work that does work for me, but I didn't feel that Halpern's work was particularly good.

The story itself I like better. A young girl narrator tells us about the apple tree in her yard and how it changes through the seasons, culminating in delicious apples. Then she shares about how she and her sister prepare an apple pie from the apples they harvest. It's a great book for helping children to understand the cycles of nature and to help them to better understand our food systems.

I also appreciated the notes at the back that explain pollination, as well as the pie recipe. While my daughter is still a little too young to engage at that level, they're great resources for building extension activities at home or in the classroom.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I was a kid I loved loved loved reading picture books that involved apple pies. I didn't particularly care for pie in real life, but on the printed page there was no desert more delectable and delicious to read about than scrumptious nummy buttery apple pie. I had to grow to adulthood before I really grew to appreciate this particular dessert, and I've been devouring them ever since. Looking back, I was also a big fan (when younger) of the beautiful apple blossom. For those of you living in Michigan, the apple blossom is the official state flower (a fact remembered almost entirely by elementary teachers and school children). Looking at Zoe Hall's enjoyable, "The Apple Pie Tree", a book at combines these two long distant loves, I find myself wishing I could have had this book at my disposal when I was a kid. A tale that examines the step-by-step process of how apples grow and are later turned into pies, it effectively conveys seasons, growth cycles, and (literally) the birds and the bees.

The heroine of this story and her baby sister show the viewer the process that goes into making apple pie. In the winter, the apple tree that sits in their backyard is bare and bereft of life. With the advent of Spring, buds turn to leaves and birds build nests in the branches. Spring means baby birds and apple blossoms covered in bees. In the summertime the blossoms become small green apples. We watch as the kids play in the sprinkler and the baby birds fly from the tree. Then, oh joy of joys, the tree is filled with shiny red apples. These are picked, cored, cut, and piled into a pie shell. A sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar on top seals the deal and out of the oven pops a delicious apple pie.
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