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Story by Harriet Ziefert
Ziefert pens a charming account of the life of an apple through the eyes of children in this almost good-enough-to-eat book. The story begins at an apple orchard, where the shiny red apple is picked and transported to the local market. From there, the crisp fruit is bought at a farm stand and enjoyed by a child, who leaves the core outdoors for the birds. After feasting, the winged creatures take flight, scattering the apple’s seeds, which fall to the ground and eventually take root. The children see the small shoots poking out of the ground, which grow into large trees laden with pink and white blossoms that turn into tiny apples. The small fruit grows larger and larger until they become the yummy red apples that began the journey from the orchard, and the children thank all of the elements that made their apples grow into the fruit they love to eat.
This story is great for parents and children because not only is it based on the healthy and tasty treat of the red apple, but it explains the life cycle of fruit as well, which is perfect for youngsters who like to know how things come to be. Karla Gudeon, the illustrator, does a fantastic job of making the apple come alive throughout the pages of this nutritious, delicious read.
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