Blossom to Apple
Blossom to Apple
During the summer, the trees are covered in green leaves. The leaves make food for the trees using water, air, and sunlight. Water is soaked up under the ground by the trees’ roots.
Blossom to Apple is part of the “Where Food Comes From” series. The series follows the standard nonfiction format, including a table of contents, glossary, and index. Many large, colourful photos and illustrations support simple, large-sized text.
Blossom to Apple follows the path that an apple blossom takes to turn into an eating apple and mentions other uses, such as apple juice and apple pies. Chapters include “What are Apples?”, “Apple Trees”, “First Blossoms”, “Making Apples”, “Harvesting Apples” and “Healthy Apples”. The text is simple but includes appropriate vocabulary to explain some important concepts.
Apple trees are deciduous, which means they drop their leaves in autumn. Evergreen trees keep their leaves over the winter.
Blossom to Apple ends with a chapter about the health benefits of eating apples.
My one concern about Blossom to Apple is that all of the farmers, pickers, and apple processors shown are male. Not one woman. Women are not even included in the text.
This fruit farmer is pruning his apple trees. He cuts off dead branches as well as branches that are growing too close to each other.
Blossom to Apple is very attractively laid out with age-appropriate information about where apples come from. This simple presentation will help young students connect more closely with where their food comes from – orchard to table.
Dr. Suzanne Pierson instructs Librarianship courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.