Let's go to the apple orchard! Find out how apples grow. See the many things we do with apples. Taste some cider and apple pie. Yum! What happens in fall? Find out in the Fall's Here! series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!
About the Author
Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than two hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from snowflakes to termites to the Statue of Liberty. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Amanda Enright is an illustrator from West Sussex in the United Kingdom.
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Summer has changed to fall and a family is heading to the Apple Tree Orchard to buy some apples and taste their cider. The "air feels cooler" and "colorful leaves blow in the breeze." Bushel baskets sitting at the base of several trees are filled to the brim with ripe, red apples. When fall arrives its the perfect time to head to an apple orchard to buy apples and taste some tangy cider. The young girl smiles as she bites into a crisp red apple. Her wide-eyed little brother watches her as he prepares to take a bite out of a green one. They soon discover that there are seeds nestled inside the core of his apple. When they are in the orchard they will learn how those seeds are planted, how they grow into trees, and how and why "apples are different from the apple that made the seed." Do you know? If not, you'll learn why they are when you read this book. In the springtime the leaves grow from buds and quickly spread into beautiful, sweet smelling blossoms. Bees soon arrive to "spread pollen from tree to tree" to fertilize the blossoms. In this book you'll get to see what the apples look like as they grow, how apple pickers carefully harvest the crop, what happens if they pull off the spur, how the apple crop is used, and how apple cider and juices are made. Do you know how many apples are pressed to make a gallon of cider? This is an excellent book for the young student to learn about apples and what they are used for. There are many interesting apple facts interspersed through the pages of this tale of a family's trip to the orchard. One of the most exciting field trips for children in apple country is a trip to the orchard. A fair amount of information could be gleaned from this book in a read and discuss session in the homeschool or classroom setting. The family field trip is fictionalized, but this beginning chapter book is loaded with information, including informative vignettes in the leaf-shaped sidebars. For example, we learn that "Some trees start to grow apples three to five years after they are planted." Another touches on grafting, but depending on the level of the classroom an instructor can choose to delve further into the topics introduced in this book or leave them on a first step nonfiction level. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, an apple crisp recipe, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. This book courtesy of the publisher.