APPLES by Jacqueline Farmer


Age Range: 5 - 8
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Apples are a perennial favorite for fall eating, teacher gifts and back-to-school primary science units. Farmer’s contribution covers apple varieties, how they grow, nutrition, apple history, a list of fun facts and, of course (nearly every apple book has one), a recipe for apple pie. (Why not apple cobbler? Apple brown betty? Applesauce?) Two problems keep this volume from being as useful as similar titles. First, there’s no story—the information is presented sequentially within each subtopic, but there’s no overall flow. Second, there’s too much information for primary grades, while not being enough for upper-level students, who’ve probably moved beyond apples, anyway. Two pages discuss grafting and scions in a manner that will likely confuse younger readers. Half as much information, presented more clearly, would have made a better book. For libraries wanting a lot of facts about apples, this might work, but teachers below grade three should look elsewhere. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-57091-694-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2007


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