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Apples by Jacqueline Farmer
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Sep 23, 11

bookshelves: children-04-08
Read in September, 2011

As apple season commences, parents and teachers will reach for nonfiction sources on America's "most popular fruit." This book is one of the most thorough picture book resources I have encountered. In readable, accessible prose, Farmer introduces modern practices for cultivating apple crops, explores basic botany and fertilization, and outlines the annual cycle of planting, growth, harvest and marketing. An attractive chart introduces some of the more popular apple varieties, followed by sections on cider and juice production, nutrition, and even historical background and folklore involving apples. Tildes' watercolor and pencil illustrations are appealingly attractive, supplementing the text very nicely. This may be a little above the heads of a preschoolers, and is well suited to an elementary audience -- although everyone who reads this book is likely to learn something new.

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