K-Gr 3 Parnall pairs his distinctive artistic style with a narrative ode to an apple tree. An unidentified narrator tells of a once lush orchard, now inhabited by a lone apple tree. He describes his beloved tree throughout the year from April's first blossoms to summer's greenery, September's ripening fruit, and winter's snow-frosted boughs. The tree's visitors are also describedanimals, insects, and birds, including a robin who builds her nest in the tree's welcoming branches. Parnall's double-page drawings reveal an awe of nature. Several illustrations are especially striking, including bumble bees drinking from the apple blossoms, the robin in her newly-completed nest, and a snow-covered branch tinted pink by the rising sun. Other drawings aren't as successful, such as those featuring the ripened fruit, which is peculiarly orange, resembling pumpkins rather than apples. The quietly lyrical prose is an apt expression of these natural wonders, but at times comes irritatingly close to sentimentality. The emphasis is on developing an emotional appreciation of the subject, not a factual knowledge of it. Like many of Parnall's earlier efforts, this book's special treatment of its subject will limit its appeal. Readers looking for factual information would be better served by Hannah Lyon Johnson's From Appleseed to Applesauce (Lothrop, 1977; o.p.), Elizabeth Helfman's Apples, Apples, Apples (Nelson, 1977; o.p.), or Anne Ophelia Dowden's The Blossom on the Bough (Crowell, 1975; o.p.). Heide Piehler, Shorewood Pub . Lib . , Wis.