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  1. Apples: And How They Grow (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)
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  2. Apples: And How They Grow (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)

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Learn all about how a seed turns into an apple in this informative nonfiction reader.

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Laura Driscoll
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Penguin Young Readers
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

One doesn't expect much from a commodity early-reading book, but this one is much worse than you'd think. The text is focused on what the author apparently feels to be the most important fact to know about apples---that they don't grow true from seed. It spends nearly half the text discussing the process of grafting, without actually using the word "grafting" or explaining how it works. ("He joins a branch to it" is the full Genesis-esque explanation.) Kid-friendly topics that would fit well into the story of how an apple grows (the role of sun, water, fertilizer, pollination by bees) are missing. All in all, it's not a very interesting story.

It is the artwork, however, that makes this a truly bad book. Although this is labeled as a "science" reader, the illustrations contain multiple inexcusable inaccuracies. For example, apple seeds are shown randomly distributed inside the apple like raisins in oatmeal (see the cover!). The transition of apple blossoms to apples shows... Read more
"Apples and How They Grow" by Laura Driscoll is a great book for an early reader. It is a 32 page book with simple text. I bought this book because I wanted to introduce the topic of apples to my class.

This story talks about the different kinds of apples (some are sweet, some tart, some sour). The book focuses on the Rome apple. When planting Rome apple seeds, the seeds may or may not produce a tree with Rome apples. In fact, Rome apple trees may not produce any apples at all. The author describes apple seeds as being "tricky". It later explains how apple growers have their own tricks for producing Rome apples and Rome apple trees.

I would have preferred to have some information about the other varieties of apples, perhaps a short description of some of the more popular apples, how they look and taste.
My first grader brought this book home from school. She is working on reading comprehension and the simple facts were fun without being overwhelming. Perfect for the struggling reader.
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