Apple Picking Time (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Recalling a time when many families across the country would suspend their regular jobs in order to help the apple growers harvest their crops, Slawson tells the story of Anna, who is determined to fill the apple bin herself this year! Full color.

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Recalling a time when many families across the country would suspend their regular jobs in order to help the apple growers harvest their crops, Slawson tells the story of Anna, who is determined to fill the apple bin herself this year! Full color.

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Editorial Reviews

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
Carolyn Phelan
When the apples are ready for harvesting, everyone in town knocks off from jobs and school to work in the orchards. Recalling apple-picking times in her Washington State childhood, Slawson uses the present tense to tell the story of a young girl's day in the orchard. Before daybreak, Anna's family sets out for the orchard. She plays among the trees with the other children, but when work begins, Anna's determined to fill a whole bin of apples for the first time. There's a strong sense of family and community here, but the focus is on Anna, her observations, her experiences, and her sense of satisfaction. The first-person narrative is simple and concrete enough to be convincing. Ray's artwork, pastels with watercolor washes, 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613112710
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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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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