One Red Apple


Chronicles the life cycle of an apple: from fruit growing on the tree, to market, to picnic, to seed, to sapling and tree, and finally to a new apple. This joyful book introduces readers to the amazing and delectable way the earth provides food.

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Chronicles the life cycle of an apple: from fruit growing on the tree, to market, to picnic, to seed, to sapling and tree, and finally to a new apple. This joyful book introduces readers to the amazing and delectable way the earth provides food.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Pick a red apple from a tree" is the first of several simple directives that comprise this picture book about the life cycle of an apple, from the creators of Hanukkah Haiku. After a girl delights in a crisp, red apple, birds surround two apple cores ("Leave an apple core for the birds to eat"). Next, dozens of seeds swirl through the air in spiral currents ("Watch tiny apple seeds scatter in the wind"), above a pastoral scene of rolling hills, patchwork fields, and a barn. A sapling sprouts and becomes a tree whose dramatic growth is revealed with a lift of a half-page flap. Soon the fruit is ready for picking and the cycle completes. Ziefert's spare, straightforward text is ably accompanied by Gudeon's folk art, which is dominated by strong reds, greens, and browns, and often framed by borders that play off the various scenes (a floral border matches the bounty of a farm stand). The subtle joys of nature and its growing cycles will be appreciated by children far younger than those suggested by the publisher. Ages 8—up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With lyrical text and folk-style artwork, this handsome picture book celebrates the pleasures of a favorite food while accentuating nature's cycles and Earth's bounty. A luscious fruit is plucked from a tree branch, driven to a local farm stand, and purchased by a girl and her mother. After the apple is consumed ("Delicious!"), birds eat the core and seeds are scattered in the wind. Stages of growth are indicated as a newly sprouted tree is contrasted with one many years old (its size emphasized by a foldout page), and pink blossoms gradually transform into ripe fruit. The book ends with a "Thank you" directed at "birds, wind, sun, and bees" and the Earth itself. Blending jewel tones with colorful patterns, gracefully flowing lines, and intricate details, the paintings create a sense of wonder while depicting everyday details. The endpapers feature a delicate design of apples, seeds, bees, birds, blossoms, and more. The text and some of the full-page illustrations are framed by borders of leaves, vines, feathers, and other organic objects, all set against buff-colored backdrops that look like handmade paper. A lovely addition to units on seasons, apples, and nature appreciation, and just for savoring in general.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Readers follow an apple from tree to market to mouth; when birds pick the seeds from the nibbled core, a tree sprouts, bursting with blossoms in spring and providing a new crop of apples in summer. Gudeon's folk-art-style paintings depict the apple's life cycle in pleasantly busy illustrations with rich purples, reds and blues against an earthy, sand-colored backdrop. Each phase is introduced with a highlighted imperative verb: "Bloom apple tree and dress yourself in pink and white blossoms." The language rings as both forceful and joyous, in tune with nature's powerful beauty. A young girl navigates the apple's life cycle through the course of the book, and observant readers will see that her own life (friendship, love, children) remains in step with the natural evolution she's observing. Parents might take this cue and discuss how human lives and the lives of trees, plants and all of nature remain interconnected, bound by similar patterns. Growth and change become wondrous things in this well-conceived and -executed nature story. (Picture book. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934706671
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 7/29/2009
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 968,633
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is the author of over 200 children's books. The mother of two and the grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Karla Gudeon's paintings and prints are joyful representations of life, love, and family. Her artwork is displayed in galleries and distinguished collections throughout the country and abroad. Karla lives on Long Island with her family.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Amazing Illustrations

    I just received this book today. At the touch of the page I immediately noticed how thick the pages are - I felt like I was turning the artist's original canvas. Each page had vibrant illustrations set against fine lines simulating fine parchment. The story is equally as beautiful, as it tells the recursive story of one red apple from fruit, to seed, through growth to fruit again. This book can truly be appreciated by multiple audiences at various levels. As a mother of one young son, I can't help but think this is our story too.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Good for Beginning Readers

    My daughter found this book at our public library. The little story about the life of an apple is beautifly illustrated and the story is a good book for early readers.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Amazing book

    This book is one of the most beautiful children's books I have run across in a long time. I fell in love with the how the drawings just took you right there and made the cricle of life come to life. Children love the vivid illustrations and simple story. IT really lets you make your own up as you go as well. I have already bought this book a few times over for gifts with great results.

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