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ONE RED APPLE by Harriet Ziefert


by Harriet Ziefert & illustrated by Karla Gudeon

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-934706-67-1
Publisher: Blue Apple

Readers follow an apple from tree to market to mouth; when birds pick the seeds from the nibbled core, a tree sprouts, bursting with blossoms in spring and providing a new crop of apples in summer. Gudeon’s folk-art–style paintings depict the apple’s life cycle in pleasantly busy illustrations with rich purples, reds and blues against an earthy, sand-colored backdrop. Each phase is introduced with a highlighted imperative verb: “Bloom apple tree and dress yourself in pink and white blossoms.” The language rings as both forceful and joyous, in tune with nature’s powerful beauty. A young girl navigates the apple’s life cycle through the course of the book, and observant readers will see that her own life (friendship, love, children) remains in step with the natural evolution she’s observing. Parents might take this cue and discuss how human lives and the lives of trees, plants and all of nature remain interconnected, bound by similar patterns. Growth and change become wondrous things in this well-conceived and -executed nature story. (Picture book. 5-10)