Apples A to Z


A fun and fact-filled ABC book -- all about apples!


Everyone knows that. But there is a lot more to learn about this delicious fruit.

Fox, Bear, and their friends lead young readers through an apple alphabet--from apple buds and blossoms through nutrition and orchards to the X on an apple...

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A fun and fact-filled ABC book -- all about apples!


Everyone knows that. But there is a lot more to learn about this delicious fruit.

Fox, Bear, and their friends lead young readers through an apple alphabet--from apple buds and blossoms through nutrition and orchards to the X on an apple pie. Along the way, apple lovers will pick up a windfall of apple science and lore, as well as fun facts and child-friendly information. And twenty-six apple varieties are introduced, even ones for X, Y, and Z!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McNamara (The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot) offers a smart, alphabetical tour of all things apple, handsomely illustrated by Parker (the Missile Mouse series). Through such entries as “deciduous,” “grafting,” “nutritious,” and “pollen,” McNamara shares concise and informative details about apples and the trees that bear them; products that derive from apples (cider, juice, pie) also get their due. A particularly nifty “V is for varieties” page offers an apple type for every letter of the alphabet, from Aroma to Zabergau, each carefully depicted by Parker. Guiding readers through the book is bushy-tailed Fox and his animal cohorts, a happy crew of apple-lovers that Parker imbues with a good amount of personality, invigorating the straightforward delivery of the text. Ages 3–6. Illustrator’s agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"A is for apples" in this alphabet book, in which each letter stands for something related to apples. A perky sweater-ed fox, who presents us with an apple at the beginning, is joined by a cuddly bear and other animal friends, as they all get involved with him in the activities on the page for each letter. They rest or run under the trees as we learn about "B is for blossoms;" they join him at the apple press in "C is for cider;" they jump in the fallen leaves from the apple trees in "D is for deciduous." And so through the alphabet they go, as we learn about such subjects as grafting, pollen, seeds, and the many varieties of apples. Finally there are suggested related activities, fun with expressions and jokes, and a note about Johnny Appleseed. The story's anthropomorphic characters have a cute, almost toy-like appeal. The emotional character is set in the jacket illustration that shows the smiling fox offering a perfect apple to a bright-eyed bear as they stand amid hundreds of other shiny apples. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Fox, Bear, and their friends travel through the alphabet supplying facts about everything apple. The format means that chronology occasionally goes by the wayside, with the trees losing their leaves ("D is for DECIDUOUS") before the fruit has been picked ("H is for HARVEST"), but otherwise the information is presented with clarity. There is a Disney-esque feel to the illustrations, which are bright and child-friendly and add humor to the text. Back matter includes a brief biography of Johnny Appleseed, apple activities and jokes, and an explanation of various related expressions. This is a pleasant addition to the canon of apple books in demand every fall, but not an essential purchase if this subject is already well represented.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439728089
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 346,339
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret McNamara is the author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Many of the ideas for her books, especially the Robin Hill School titles, come from her daughter's school days, or her own. Margaret and her family live in New York City, and spend as much time as they can during the summer in Maine.

Jake Parker is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels MISSILE MOUSE: THE STAR CRUSHER AND MISSILE MOUSE: RESCUE ON TANKIUM3, both published by Scholastic/Graphix. He also worked at Blue Sky Studios as an artist for such films as Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Rio. Jake lives in Provo, Utah, with his family. Visit Jake at

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