Another carefully observed evocation from an illustrator of over 70 books (including three Caldecott Honors). This time, a year in and around a relic of an apple tree is detailed--the insects attracted by spring blossoms, nesting birds, mosses and lichens, deer seeking apples, and at last the snow at sunset with hope of another spring. The text is lyrical, with Parnall interjecting some grandfatherly comment. As usual, his spare, precise drawings are given generous white space and are touched with startling flashes of color--inspired, as in a fragment of brilliant robin's egg, but not always credible. Country children will recognize their world; others may profit from the reverence for nature but may also find the pace leisurely.