Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FROM APPLE TREES TO CIDER PLEASE! by Felicia Chernesky. Illus. by Julia Patton. Albert Whitman & Company: Chicago, IL, 2015.  32p. ISBN978-080756513-1 hc. $16.99.   Gr. Prek-2  E PIC

The title accurately describes the action in this story about a young girl and her mom visiting a cider mill with an adjoining pick-your-own apple orchard.  They pick a load of apples and then participate in the cider making process of cleaning, crushing, and juicing. The text is short and rhyming - only two lines on each two-page spread, but the illustrations are full of information about different types of apples and the machinery involved in making apple cider.  Patton paints two entire pages from end to end creating a single scene of the farmer and families enjoying the day.  Look for comical details -pink cows in the background -  in these fantastic illustrations.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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