Apple Picking Time

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In the rich, warm colors of autumn, here's a slice of American history as we watch Anna and her extended family help with the town's traditional fall apple harvest. Now available in paperback.  

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A young girl and her family spend a fall day picking apples with others from their small town.

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Overview

In the rich, warm colors of autumn, here's a slice of American history as we watch Anna and her extended family help with the town's traditional fall apple harvest. Now available in paperback.  

From the Hardcover edition.

A young girl and her family spend a fall day picking apples with others from their small town.

Read More Show Less

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"This quiet story is a celebration of family and community...a good picture of how kids help bring in the harvest"(School Library Journal). "Ray's artwork gives the book strong visual appeal. The orchard seems suffused with golden light and the children's faces are as round as the apples they pick" (Booklist).

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Rich illustrations on every page help children understand one of America's traditions and harvesting necessities at apple picking time. The entire community participates in this event, which may last several weeks. The children have their own picking goals and take pride in their contributions. The author based this story on her own experiences, growing up in the state of Washington. This would be a great read-aloud during the fall school months.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Every year, Anna's extended family helps bring the apple harvest in, and so far she hasn't been able to fill a whole bin herself. Now, she's determined to do it, and, sure enough, she reaches her goal. This quiet story is a celebration of family and community; taking time off from work and school, everyone turns out to pick the fruit before it spoils. The text conveys the rhythm of the day-early-morning enthusiasm, dancing to the radio at lunchtime, and afternoon combat with the sharp sun and weariness. The sense of bustle and labor, as well as Anna's determination and satisfaction, are effectively portrayed in Ray's slightly impressionistic, watercolor-and-acrylic paintings. Especially pleasing are the use of light and shadow to mark the changes of the day. White spaces frame the pictures and contribute to the book's quiet mood. It's not clear if the setting is contemporary or historical, but-especially if it's current-the lack of ethnic diversity in the illustrations is jarring. Nonetheless, paired with Arthur Dorros's Radio Man-Don Radio (HarperCollins, 1993) this offering will give a good picture of how kids help bring in the harvest.-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517885758
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Dragonfly Bks.
  • Edition description: First Dragonfly Books Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 330,723
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    Great time reading

    My son is in kindergarten. He had to read this for a book report. We read it every night for 2 weeks. I thought it was a little lengthyfor his age.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Beautiful Illustrations, Great Story!

    I ordered this book (as a homeschooler) to go along with "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World." These are both marked as being 'dragonfly' books and I just have to say that if the rest of that line lives up to the standard these two books set, then I want the full set for my kids library.

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