Review: Apple by Nikki McClure.
An apple is picked from the tree. It is forgotten, thrown on the ground, buried, and in time a shoot grows from the earth. This beautiful board-book uses papercuts and minimal words to explore the life-cycle of the apple.
The perfect book to read as the Harvest comes around.
Early autumn is my favourite time of year, with fruit on the trees, sunshine and cool breezes which make it perfect for walking. Our village has a large number of apple trees and previous years have brought apple-pie, apple and blackberry crumble and fresh apples in the fruit bowl. Since living here, I have felt more in touch with where our food comes from, and this book is the perfect introduction to exactly that.
It’s generous, full-page illustrations open lots of conversation about the harvest, composting and growing.
The illustration is not only beautiful, it is also attractive to the adult reader. Board books begin as a supervised activity, and it is lovely to see one with art that the adults can engage with. Not that the book is aimed at them, but this might encourage big readers to look closer and point out details to the young listener. It would also be lovely to make apple pictures together with black and red crayons.
At the back, there is an explanation of life-cycles and seasons which would be lovely for older siblings who share in the reading.
An attractive and engaging book to introduce the science behind food growth.
Thanks to AbramsAppleseed for my gifted copy of Apple. Opinions my own.