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3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  218 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Apple follows the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature. The youngest readers will delight in following the journey of the bright red apple—the only splash of color in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations—as it travels from tree, to harvest, to snack, to compost, and finally to sprout. A single word complements each illu ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Lisa Vegan
Interesting book. It’s almost as though it’s aimed at two different audiences. The main part of the book, in which each double page has an illustration (all pictures are in red, black & white) and a single word to go with it, seems aimed at kids just learning to read and kids just learning the meaning of the words, and then the one page of detailed information in the back, with its own 4 part (seasons) picture, gives information about the life cycle of an apple tree and information about com ...more
This is interesting--I'm not always a fan of Nikki McClure's work, but I found myself really responding to the art in this book. (And someone else said they disliked this book but loved other McClure titles!) I appreciated the author's notes at the back, which provided more context about apple trees and compost. Physcially the book is a joy as well, with an appealing square shape and nice thick matte pages.
Dec 08, 2012 Melody rated it liked it
I loved the part where the apple gets forgotten and turns into compost! I liked the stark 3 color layout, and the one-word-per-page style. I could see this working with a person who was not quite reading yet- one could look at the one word, writ large enough to trace the letters, and one could talk about the papercut facing, and flesh the story out as much or as little as required. Nicely done.
Aug 17, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
I love this book! I love the simplicity, I love the boldness and starkness.

Gorgeous graphic design.
Dec 20, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
The life cycle of an apple doesn’t get much simpler than this! Actually, the cycle is expanded to include the influence of humans who find the apple and ultimately put it into the compost, where it then becomes a new tree.
Sturdy pages hold bold block prints showing the apple’s journey from falling from the tree until a new tree sprouts. The text is on the left hand page, and each accompanying print on the right hand side. proving a nice pattern. The apple is in red, of course, and other objec
Oct 04, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Follow the life stages of an apple from the time it falls from the tree, ripe and red, to its return to the soil. Written in single words, the story is told primarily through the images that are done in exquisite cut paper. In each image, red is used solely to illuminate the apple with the rest of the image in black and white. This serves to not only highlight the apple as the focus, but also makes for a dynamic minimalist style.

The simplicity and minimalism really work here. It is a stunning bo
James Moore
Jul 11, 2016 James Moore rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I was shocked at how simple this book was, yet it really said a lot about the cycle of an apple, something I would never have thought about if I didn't stop and look through this book. I think this would be a good book for a young reader that is just starting to read and would honestly go well with teaching a life cycle in a classroom. It's a simple book, but it can spark volumes of how a life cycle goes about in the world. I would honestly use in this classroom for around kindergarten to 2nd gr ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Sep 24, 2012 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
McClure creates her illustrations from the art of paper cutting. The apple was drawn on black paper then cut out. The apple is the only splash of color in this book, but adds to the highlight of the topic.

The story is simple with a paper cut image on one side and a word on the other. I appreciated the words chosen because they are verbs whether it is taken as a quiet or loud version of the word. I think it depends on the reader.

Reviewed from a library copy.
Sheelie Kittee
Jul 21, 2016 Sheelie Kittee rated it really liked it
I LOVE Nikki's books. The cut-out art forms, in some odd way remind me of Matisse ( I say odd because the latter is more about all that splashy-sploshy colour and more abstract / amorphous shapes. ) Nikki's art is more clear-cut and sharply defined, and really lovely! I learned a lot about trees and plants lol. I Had no idea an apple seed could take nearly 10 years to become a fulll tree with fruit! and now I want an apple. ( preferably green )
The Library Lady
Sep 25, 2012 The Library Lady rated it did not like it
The cover is a lovely print and I would love an alphabet book filled with similar simple art.
Inside? Meh. It's sort of like Japanese block print art, and the characters look vaguely Asian in a way reminiscent of Kurt Wiese or Taro Yashima. But I don't see much kid appeal here--the combination of spare (one word per page)) text and stark prints is nice and artsy, but that's for the grownups. As, IMHO, are most of McClure's recent books......
Apr 23, 2013 Carissa rated it it was amazing
My son was staring at the pages with interest. The one-word explanation for each illustration left room for creative story embellishment. There's a part at the end that talks about apple trees and composting. At the very very end of the book the author/artist talks about how the book came into being, which I enjoy reading.
Feb 22, 2013 Polly rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
4 stars for the lovely woodcuts, but as a picture book for children, 2 stars, as this is a pretty poor effort. I could hardly tell what was going on in some illustrations, and the one-word-per-page text is no help. Maybe you could read this with much older kids whom you were discussing composting and growth with anyway, but not for preschoolers, at least not in a group.
Iamaby En
May 29, 2013 Iamaby En rated it liked it
-goes through the life cycle of an apple tree, has really interesting artwork (attractive red stark against black silhouettes)
-with one word pages, you would think this would be good for a toddler, but I think the images are sometimes a little too complex/detailed; it would be better if a parent went through the book with their toddler to explain things
Oct 24, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
The life of an apple is told in simplicity and black and white papercut illustrations highlighted with red. I wanted to be wowed by the story, but it was just okay for me. I appreciated the sections about the life of an apple tree and composting at the end.
Tim Johnson
Jan 07, 2016 Tim Johnson rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-time
Still looking for the right couple of books for a story time on apples. This one is perfect for the youngest of the young, those just beginning to sound out words for themselves. There is only one word on each page but the art is fairly stunning.
Aug 04, 2016 Natasha rated it liked it
Good easy reader type book with lovely illustrations of an apple's life from fruit to tree told in one word per page. Not the greatest for enjoyable reading out loud but the brevity is nice for short toddler attention span.
Mar 19, 2015 C. rated it really liked it
Despite the simplicity of illustrations and text this picture held my three year olds interest and provided a great opportunity to practice predicting from the text.

Would also work really well with younger readers I feel because of the high contrast of illustrations.
Jan 23, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
This is a very confusing book that only has one word per two pages. The reader is supposed to get most of the story from the pictures but they are not clear and are a bit ugly. I do like it because it has an introduction about composting and nature but it could definitely be clearer.
Sep 17, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I love the cover of this book! And the simple woodblock type illustrations are very eye-catching but the text is almost too simple for my taste. But most likely I will incorporate this into an apple-themed story time.
In this simple book from self-taught papercut artist Nikki McClure, the story of one apple's year is told with one word per page. Filling in the story would be a great exercise to do with a child. Includes backmatter notes on "The life of an apple tree" and "Composting."
Sep 22, 2013 Edna rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, apples
One word on each page and using woodblock illustrations with only 3 colors explain the life cycle of an apple.
A journey of an apple. I was ok with the story. Preferred the use of color in the illustrations overall.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Simple black/white illustrations with hints of red and one word text on a page tells the life cycle of an apple.
Kerri Stebbins
A gift for the cutest niece in all the land, on her second day of cake, fresh from the apple capitol of the world.

[Three stars for brilliantly beautiful wood cuts, as always.]
Jan 23, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
The story of an apple, simply told through single words and lovely woodcuts. A brief afterword with story of apples' growth and composting adds to this story.
Aug 22, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations. Red is the only color - everything else is black and white so the apple really takes center stage.
Sep 28, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Unique! I won this book on a different site, I entered for my daughter who is a preschool teacher. I thought it was beautifully done. It is apple week there and I'm sure the children will love it.
Sep 07, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. Each two-page spread only has one word and an image opposite it of the time of the year and what the orchard is doing. Or something like that. Simple, sweet, and educational. Enjoy!
Sep 17, 2012 Mindy rated it liked it
Nikki McClure is one of my favorite illustrators, and this is a lovely look at plants, composting, and seasons with her cut-paper illustrations. Excellent.
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Nikki McClure of Olympia, Washington is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.

Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996
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