APPLE by Nikki McClure
Kirkus Star


by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8
Email this review


Primitive-looking cut-paper illustrations depict an apple’s travels from tree to kitchen to backpack to picnic and eventually into soil, where it takes root as a new seedling.

Run your fingers across this satisfyingly square book’s cover and feel the subtle, smooth outlines of a ripe apple and simple letters. You’ll immediately sense the solid, soothing storytelling at work inside, achieved through astute manipulations of paper. McClure’s masterful cut-paper pictures appear more chunky and primitive here than in other works (To Market, to Market, 2011, etc.), appropriate in a book about plant processes as old as the Earth. Solitary verbs centered on white left-hand pages definitively describe the apple’s journey. Their red, all-uppercase, hand-drawn block lettering compliments rustic black-and-white pictures that look a lot like whittled woodblock prints. Beginning readers can latch onto these firm words, point at their hefty letters and discern sounds and meanings. Older readers will appreciate McClure’s use of a velvety, Valentine red to highlight the apple; these isolated instances of color pull children into each leg of a small odyssey, making a little apple’s peregrinations seem deserving of acute attention. Backmatter includes “The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree” and “Composting,” described in simple language that manages to be both sophisticated and conversational. Four panels capturing the four seasons sit on the opposite page: a summation of an apple’s year in pictures and an assured ending.

This deconstructed lesson in plant regeneration, composting and life cycles will reach apple-eating readers of many ages. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0378-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: abramsappleseed
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2012


ChildrenCREEPY CARROTS! by Aaron Reynolds
by Aaron Reynolds
ChildrenBENNY AND PENNY IN LIGHTS OUT by Geoffrey Hayes
by Geoffrey Hayes
ChildrenTHE INSOMNIACS by Karina Wolf


ChildrenHOW TO BE A CAT by Nikki McClure
by Nikki McClure
ChildrenTO MARKET, TO MARKET by Nikki McClure
by Nikki McClure
ChildrenMAMA, IS IT SUMMER YET? by Nikki McClure
by Nikki McClure


ChildrenTHE APPLE by Dick  Bruna
by Dick Bruna
ChildrenMAMA, IS IT SUMMER YET? by Nikki McClure
by Nikki McClure
ChildrenTAP THE MAGIC TREE by Christie Matheson
by Christie Matheson
ChildrenAND THEN IT'S SPRING by Julie Fogliano
by Julie Fogliano
ChildrenTO MARKET, TO MARKET by Nikki McClure
by Nikki McClure