Children's Literature - Children's LiteratureThis book has everything you could want to know about the life of an apple tree. Beginning with the seeds and seedlings, the reader follows the growth of the young rootstock into a mature fruit-bearing apple tree. The parts of the flower and how pollination occurs are explained in clear and scientifically accurate language. Another chapter looks at the interesting journey an apple takes from the tree to the table. Carefully drawn diagrams and lots of photographs make this a great learning tool. A glossary, index, and a note to adults on sharing this book complete the volume.
School Library JournalGr 2-4Patent describes the life cycle of the apple from seed to fruit, including how apples get from the orchard to our tables. While the large, clear, full-color photographs and illustrations effectively represent the text and make this volume visually appealing, this book does not include information about varieties of apples, pests, or any mention of Johnny Appleseed. Also, the text is sometimes too general. For example, the author mentions that many countries grow apples, but she doesn't mention which ones. Charles Micucci's The Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1992) provides a more thorough treatment of the subject. While Apple Trees is attractive and informative, it's an additional pick rather than a first choice.Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Kirkus ReviewsThe life cycle of the apple tree is explored in this Early Bird Nature Book, similar in scope and format to the New True easy-to-read series. This "world's favorite fruit" gets thorough treatment, from a description of its Asian and European origins through a discussion of its development from seed to blossom to fruit. Patent (Back to the Wild, 1997, etc.) covers the use of bees in pollination, as well as pruning, weather conditions, varieties, grafting, and size. From seed to packing plant, students can trace the life span of an apple. Crisp, full-color photographs highlight all phases of tree and apple growth, coupled with clear, detailed drawings that explain more difficult concepts and processes. In a design aimed at beginning researchers, words such as rootstock and auxin appear in context, while a glossary expounds on their meanings. Useful as a seasonal curriculum enhancer, or where copies of Charles Micucci's The Life and Times of the Apple (1992) are in short supply. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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