Up, up, Up!: It's Apple-Picking Time

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Publishers Weekly
This satisfying tale celebrates not only apples but all the cozy trappings of fall. On a crisp, cool morning a family drives to the grandparents' "apple ranch," where they help with the harvest. Harvill (Jack and the Animals) captures the simple pleasures of this special visit in cut-paper collages, using different techniques to color the various papers. Characters' faces, for example, have drawn-on features, while the apples and the orchard emerge from lushly painted papers, with overlapping brushstrokes of varying greens, yellows, pinks and reds creating dimension and movement. Shapiro, owner of a California children's bookstore, ably conveys a sense of family togetherness and love, from the boy narrator who enjoys the warmth of his sister as she sleeps against his shoulder in the car, to the grandmother who proudly tells the customers, " `These are the grandkids come to help.' She almost sings the words." Later, the family feasts on apple dumplings and dances to Grandpa's old jazz records, while the boy lies near the crackling fire, basking in the joy of "watching everyone being happy." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The perfect "let's get ready for fall" book, this charming picture book tells the story of Myles' experience picking and selling apples at his grandparents' apple farm. However, Shapiro also goes one step further and provides a delightful picture of a young family's interactions with their grandparents, people I would like to see more often in literature in general. I appreciated the fact that Shapiro did not use a rhyming format to present this topic, as the sentence variations and word choices provided a "real-life" aspect to the book that feels appropriate for an activity that some readers may know well, but that others are experiencing for the first time through this text. Kitty Harvill's vivid illustrations provide a warm backdrop to Shapiro's friendly-sounding text; indeed, phrases like "apple smell-apple perfume," "the apple is cool and crunchy and sweet," and "before you can say "McIntosh-Granny Smith-Golden Delicious-Pippin pie" inspire readers to head for the refrigerator and find a Granny Smith of their own. 2003, Holiday House, Ages 4 to 8.
— Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This book succeeds more at describing an experience than in telling a strong story. It's time to pick apples on Grandma and Grandpa's farm and then sell the fruit at the roadside stand. The family drinks in the apple aroma, "Apple smell is in the air-/apple perfume everywhere," and tastes the fruit, "The apple is cool and crunchy and sweet." Apples are described as big as softballs. At the end of the adventure, the family dances to old jazz records. The paper-collage, color illustrations highlight the warm and jovial interactions. The varying perspectives of the art nicely complement this sensory experience. A pleasant addition to harvest units and storytimes.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Apple-themed disquisitions for younger readers tend to be set in the Northeast or Midwest, but Shapiro draws on personal experiences in California to give this one a different slant. Up at sunrise, a family piles into the car for the half-day trip to Grandma and Grandpa's canyon "apple ranch." After picking up windfalls for cider, and climbing ladders to pick Granny Smiths, Red and Gold Delicious, Winter Bananas, Macintosh, and "a few stray Gravensteins," all return to the house for Pippin pie, then, next day open up a busy roadside stand. Shapiro laces her narrative with evocations of that heavenly taste and smell, and caps it with a yummy-looking recipe for microwave-baked apples. Using painted-paper collage to create a wide range of surface textures and artfully blended colors, Harvill sandwiches scenes of smiling figures amid lush, rough-barked trees between endpapers dotted with common apple varieties. A perfect dessert after Gibbons's Apples (2000) or another of the plethora of informational titles. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823416103
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    A Perfect Bedtime Story!

    My two youngest children, ages 4 & 6, choose the 'Apple Book' every night now for their bedtime story. The story is enchanting and fills the head with lovely pictures of good times, good food and family!

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