Albert's Field Trip

Albert's Field Trip

by Leslie Tryon
     
 

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It's apple-picking time, and Albert and his class are going on a field trip to Georgie and Gracie's Apple Farm. What a day! Everyone loves singing on the bus, climbing trees, picking apples, and helping make them into juice. But that's not the best part...

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It's apple-picking time, and Albert and his class are going on a field trip to Georgie and Gracie's Apple Farm. What a day! Everyone loves singing on the bus, climbing trees, picking apples, and helping make them into juice. But that's not the best part...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his third appearance (following Albert's Alphabet and Albert's Play ), the quietly industrious goose Albert leads a menagerie of third graders on a field trip to an apple farm. The events are narrated in the prose of a young skunk named Gary, reporting on the trip for the school paper. Albert teaches them a special bus song about `` `the codling worm with the wiggle and the squirm.' . . . But the singing wasn't the best part,'' writes Gary, in a refrain that carries through apple picking, watching apples being processed into juice, then eating apple pies. Once again, Tryon's crisp watercolor and pencil drawings, composed in a variety of perspectives, make each scene one of discovery and remarkable depth. The pace, however, stumbles with a few double-page spreads that precede the text, compelling the reader to flip back to the illustration after reading its corresponding description. When the tired youngsters return to school at night, they're brought home and tucked into bed, and that, according to Gary, ``was the best part.'' Whether the reader will feel such empathy or find the conclusion anticlimactic is open to debate. Certainly, Tryon captures the field trip experience in a gentle, low-key tone with striking visuals. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
It is fall and the kids are back in school and heading out for a field trip to Georgie and Gracie's Apple Farm. Albert is the driver for the 3rd grade class, and he helps the teachers and parent volunteers. The adventure begins with apple picking followed by a visit to the apple washing and sorting barn. In the apple juice rooms, kids sample the delicious chilled fruit juice and then get to eat their own individual apple pies. After a truly memorable day, the kids are only too happy to head home for a good night's rest. An informative and thoroughly enjoyable story. 2001 (orig. 1993), Aladdin, $16.00 and $6.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A goose named Albert leads a school trip to an apple farm in this pleasant book. Between the first page, showing the principal's note announcing the excursion, and the last, showing the thank-you note the class writes to their feline hostesses, the children experience everything one would expect on such a trip-singing on the bus, apple picking, and juice-making. Each page of text ends with the refrain, ``...but that wasn't the best part.'' When the parents meet their sleepy children in the evening, take them home, and kiss them goodnight, readers learn that ``...that was the best part.'' The story is told by one of the students in a distinctly childlike voice. Tryon's soft, watercolor/colored pencil illustrations are attractive and nicely composed, and often have an almost cinematic perspective. All of the characters are animals, realistically rather than cartoonishly rendered; as a result, they are somewhat expressionless. Both story and pictures are well done, but are not especially distinctive or outstanding.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Ellen Mandel
A menagerie of young animals boards Albert's school bus for a late afternoon field trip to an apple farm. The details of the outing as recorded by Gary the skunk for the school paper are amplified by Tryon's beguiling watercolor and color pencil illustrations, which show the group filling their baskets in the orchard, eyeing the apples being washed, and in the storage room peering up at high stacks of boxes filled with various types and colors of the fruit. The exuberant critters singing songs en route to the orchard contrast with the exhausted apple pickers clutching their baskets of fruit as they sleepily exit the bus at the trip's end. Engagingly teaching the sequence of apple processing, this inviting volume will make a perfect primer for fall orchard outings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689318214
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/30/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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