Reviews for Apples A to Z

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
This alphabetical tour of apple science and customs sometimes strains for facts, resulting in the uninspired "E is for Eating" and "K is for Kitchen." Some explanations--like the importance of pollen and what characterizes a fruit--are elucidating; more advanced terms ([cf2]deciduous[cf1]; [cf2]grafting[cf1]) may confuse young readers. The animal characters are superfluous but cute. Apple-related activities, jokes, and expressions are appended.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 January/February
This is a delicious book about apples that will appeal to a broad range of young readers. Each letter of the alphabet relates to apples in some way, helping the youngest readers begin to learn the ABCs. Older readers will appreciate the facts about apples that correspond to the letter. All readers will enjoy Parker's detailed and expressive illustrations that depict the concept on each page. The combination of fictional aspects, like personified animals, with informational text about apples makes this book a good transition into more traditional and difficult informational texts. Also included are activities to do with apples, jokes, and common idioms. Jianna Taylor, Teacher, Orchard Lake Middle School, West Bloomfield, Michigan. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 July #2

McNamara (The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot) offers a smart, alphabetical tour of all things apple, handsomely illustrated by Parker (the Missile Mouse series). Through such entries as "deciduous," "grafting," "nutritious," and "pollen," McNamara shares concise and informative details about apples and the trees that bear them; products that derive from apples (cider, juice, pie) also get their due. A particularly nifty "V is for varieties" page offers an apple type for every letter of the alphabet, from Aroma to Zabergau, each carefully depicted by Parker. Guiding readers through the book is bushy-tailed Fox and his animal cohorts, a happy crew of apple-lovers that Parker imbues with a good amount of personality, invigorating the straightforward delivery of the text. Ages 3-6. Illustrator's agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Agency. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 July

PreS-Gr 2--Fox, Bear, and their friends travel through the alphabet supplying facts about everything apple. The format means that chronology occasionally goes by the wayside, with the trees losing their leaves ("D is for DECIDUOUS") before the fruit has been picked ("H is for HARVEST"), but otherwise the information is presented with clarity. There is a Disney-esque feel to the illustrations, which are bright and child-friendly and add humor to the text. Back matter includes a brief biography of Johnny Appleseed, apple activities and jokes, and an explanation of various related expressions. This is a pleasant addition to the canon of apple books in demand every fall, but not an essential purchase if this subject is already well represented.--Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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