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Title:
Apples
Author:
Robbins, Ken.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
32 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Describes how apples are grown, harvested, and used, and details facts about apples in history, literature, and our daily lives.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 83271.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 34195 Guided reading level: M.
ISBN:
9780689830242
Format :
Book

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Summary

Apples!Apples!Apples! Crunchy and tasty, sweet and tart, in colorful shades of red, yellow,and green -- sometimes all three -- everyone loves apples! In this lively and vibrant book, young readers will learn how apples grow, from the planting of a tree, to the pollination of buds by bees, and on to the harvest. And then comes the fun part as apples are used to tease the taste buds in so many ways -- in pies and strudel, in cider and applesauce, but most of all, in that one simple crunch when one bites into an apple's crisp sweetness. Ken Robbins's hand-colored photographs will make you want to take a bite yourself!


Author Notes

Ken Robbins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He graduated from Cornell University in 1967. He worked as a book editor at Doubleday before becoming a children's book author and photographer. He wrote and illustrated more than 20 children's books including Pumpkins, Apples, and Earth. He primarily took photographs of scenery and still lifes. His photographs were reproduced on book jackets, record album covers, and in magazines including the cover of Time. They were also collected in books including The Hamptons Suite. He died on March 9, 2017 at the age of 71.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This fall, a bumper crop of informational titles feeds hungry minds. Apples by Ken Robbins uses hand-tinted photographs and accessible text to explain how apples are grown, harvested, pressed into cider and otherwise used as food. An author's note elucidates apple-speak ("Today, when we say, `You're the apple of my eye,' it means you're something very special to me") and points out the fruit's role in literature and folklore. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-"An apple is a wonderful thing-a perfect handful of portable food, wrapped in a package of its very own skin." Robbins wraps his tribute to the popular fruit in a slim package of simple text and artistically rendered photographs. He begins by explaining the growing cycle, goes on to discuss the ways apples are enjoyed as food, and concludes with some added notes on foods and beverages, common phrases, and bits of history and literature. Robbins's photographs, enhanced through hand tinting or soft focus, succeed in varying degrees. The first few pages show a static assembly of four apples on a white page, an odd view of a small tree trunk that doesn't demonstrate the accompanying point, and a blurred unlovely view of trees in blossom. Suddenly, in mid-book, the facing pages become beautiful, coherent units. An enlarged lush view of apple blossoms resembling a fine, soft painting faces an exquisite cutaway of the flower's stamens, pistil, and seed chamber. A vibrant, homely pot of apple chunks atop a stove faces a smaller bowl of thick applesauce. Appealing portraits of children enjoying the fruit and a few views of orchard workers and equipment round out the presentation, and the final page depicts 12 popular varieties. Gail Gibbons's Apples (Holiday, 2000), Betsy Maestro's How Do Apples Grow? (HarperCollins, 1992), and Charles Micucci's Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1996) offer more detailed explanations, but there's always room for another apple, and this pleasant introduction is a welcome addition.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.