Reviews for Apples


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
This cursory history of the apple in North America, which includes information on the apple's life cycle, apple products, recipes, and varieties, suffers from a lack of cohesion, combining everything from Halloween apple bobbing to biology vocabulary such as ""carpels"" and ""stigma."" Each page contains full-color panel illustrations of trees, fruit, and simplified people. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2000 July #2
This colorful and accessible title offers the scientific as well as the practical for the beginning reader. Gibbons (My Baseball Book, p. 475, etc.) provides a brief history of the apple, an explanation of how the apple grows from flower to fruit, and how apples are picked, processed, and sold. She also provides a recipe for apple pie, shows how an apple press makes apple cider, and illustrates some popular apple varieties. Each page has only a few lines of text, and a full-color drawing. For example, Gibbons states: "An apple is a firm, crisp fleshy fruit with a hard center called a core. The core has five seed chambers." The accompanying illustration shows an apple inside and out, with core, stem, skin, seed chambers, and seeds carefully labeled. She concludes with additional statistics and facts about apples. Betsy Maestro's How Do Apples Grow (1992), a Let's-Read-and-Find Out Science title on the same reading level, provides much more detail on the development of the apple, discussing and labeling flower parts pollen, pollination, and the developing fruit. This title illustrates more apple varieties, and includes a recipe. School and public libraries will certainly welcome this addition to the crop. (Nonfiction. 6-8) Copyright 2000 Kirkus Reviews

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Library Talk Reviews 2001 January
Gibbons previously has delighted many young readers with her text and illustrations, and her new picture book won't disappoint those readers. Gibbons explores apple history and delves into the related areas of science, folklore, social studies, environmentalism, and cooking, thus creating a good cross-curriculum topic. She includes instructions for planting a tree and for making an apple pie. Also included are several references to Canadian apple production, and all measurements, temperatures, and so forth, are given in both standard and metric style. Each full-page illustration includes a short line of text at the bottom for beginning readers, while some of the illustrations feature additional explanatory text for more advanced readers. This book doesn't have an index or table of contents, but isn't much of a drawback, because the volume is intended more for browsing than for research. Don't let this one get buried in the nonfiction area, because it would please readers of different abilities in different ways. Recommended. Melinda Elzinga, Young Peoples Librarian, Longmont, Colorado © 2001 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 September
PreS-Gr 2-In her characteristic, easily understood, and straightforward style, Gibbons gives an overview of apples. She traces their history in America, shows their parts, and explains their growth, harvest, and uses. Three pages illustrate many different varieties, and a concluding page lists interesting facts. Betsy Maestro's How Do Apples Grow? (HarperCollins, 1992) delves more thoroughly into the fertilization and growth of the fruit as does Bruce McMillan's Apples, How They Grow (Houghton, 1979; o.p.). Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Apple Trees (Lerner, 1997) is more complex as is Charles Micucci's The Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1992). Gibbons's own The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (Harcourt, 1984) has some of the same information found here. The recipe for apple pie is essentially the same, and both have a diagram of a cider press. However, the focus of the two books is very different. With its cheerful, bright illustrations and clear, simple presentation, this title will be the perfect pick for the perennial fall apple-book requests.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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