Watch tiny apple seeds grow into apple trees. Learn about this tree's life cycle from start to finish.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftCapstone's "Plant Life Cycles" series is intended to provide early readers with access to information about the life cycles of members of the apple and bean families, gymnosperm and angiosperm trees, root vegetables, and flowering plants of North America. The books have a simple text and large color photographs illustrating seeds, sprouts, flowers, fruits, and mature trees or plants. The pictures in all of the books are attractive and illustrative of the text opposite. That said, the photos selected to illustrate stages in the cycles are not always of the same species or variety, which is sometimes disturbing. The textures in the apple tree illustrations are so vivid they might well be used to illustrate this art element; for example, the fibrous look of the sliced apple, the fuzziness of just-developing apples, the popcorn texture of the blossoming tree, and the shiny smoothness of the fruit. Although there are countless varieties of apples available in markets, only one fruit (the red, white-speckled Rome Beauty) is represented here, and it is unclear whether the pictured springtime tree is a Rome Beauty or not. Teachers and parents may want to stress to budding scientists that apple trees come in many different varieties and that they are most often grown from cuttings rather than from seeds. Still, extra-wide pictures make the book useful for science read-alouds, while the brief text should be easily read by primary students with beginning skills. The glossary is helpful; three additional books are suggested for further reading.
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