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Children's LiteratureStunning illustrations and an unusual format are the most striking features of this book about the life cycle of an apple tree. The beginning stages of the growth of an apple tree are documented with very detailed illustrations on pages cut to reveal an index of the first seven stages of the process. The reader watches the seed develop into a plant with its first leaves, spring buds, blossoms, produce new seeds and tiny fruits. The apple seed is shown with a millipede, a worm and a crane fly larva as well as a full landscape. This level of detail is carried through out the book. Honeybees, as well as other pollinators, come to the tree in the springtime and spread pollen from flower to flower. As the apples ripen there are many more visitors to the tree, including wasps, ladybugs and the holly blue butterfly. As the fruit ripens and falls to the ground more visitors come and eat the fruit. This helps spread the apple seeds over a large area. The trees buds survive the winter because of a fuzzy coating that protects them. 2004, North Word Press, Ages 5 to 10.