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kmgerbig | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 10, 2023 |
Fall Leaves Fall is a simple short story (narrative) about two boys who notice that the leaves change color from summer to fall. It talks about how leaves change from green to red, orange, and yellow and when the wind makes them fall to the ground we need to rake them up. Part way through the book it shows different types of leaves including maple, oak, beech, sassafras, ginkgo, some of which I have not heard of myself. This book is a great way to introduce fall to your students and talk about the different leaves they see and learn more about them. I would use this to question if kids know these trees and then do some research on them together in class. At the end of the book, it also shows a scientific explanation of how the leaves grow through the year, starting with buds on a branch in spring to winter when all of the leaves have fallen off. I think that this book is a great way to integrate science talk into a reading/writing lesson. Especially in times online when we don’t have specified synchronous science lessons.
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Lexi.yockey | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 22, 2020 |
A group of youngsters plant a 'surprise garden' in this picture-book from author Zoe Hall and illustrator Shari Halpern, waiting to see what will grow from the unknown seeds they have sown. Each plant that flowers and then produces a vegetable is a surprise, and in the end they enjoy the bounty of their garden, having a surprise garden party...

Hall and Halpern produced four picture-books together, three of which - It's Pumpkin Time!, The Apple Pie Tree and Fall Leaves Fall - had an autumn theme. The Surprise Garden, which is the fourth and final book from this team that I have picked up, has more of a spring and summer theme. It pairs a simple text with bright, collage-style artwork, and includes a brief afterword showing which vegetable came from which seed. Although not my favorite, of the Hall and Halpern books - that honor goes to the lovely The Apple Pie Tree - this was engaging, and is one I would recommend to picture-book readers looking for stories about gardening, and eating the produce of a garden.
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AbigailAdams26 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 29, 2020 |
Two brothers eagerly await their favorite season in this autumnal picture-book, watching the leaves for signs that they are turning colors. Collecting the leaves, explaining their different shapes, gathering them into piles to jump on - these boys truly love the fall...

The third picture from from author Zoe Hall and illustrator Sheri Halpern that I have read, after The Apple Pie Tree and It's Pumpkin Time!, that is devoted to the beauties of autumn, Fall Leaves Fall! pairs a simple text with colorful, collage-style illustrations. I don't know that this is the strongest of the is team's picture-books - The Apple Pie Tree is probably the best, of the three I have read thus far - but it still makes for an engaging autumnal picture-book for younger audiences, ages two through six, I'd say.
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AbigailAdams26 | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 27, 2020 |
Two Halloween-loving siblings cultivate a field of pumpkins in this seasonal picture-book from author Zoe Hall and illustrator Sheri Halpern. They plant the seeds, water the seedlings, and watch as the pumpkins slowly grow. Eventually, when the time is right, they harvest the pumpkins and turn them into jack-o-lanterns, getting ready for the big night when they go trick-or-treating...

Published in 1994, It's Pumpkin Time! was the first of four picture-book collaborations between Hall and Halpern, of which I had already read one, The Apple Pie Tree. Having enjoyed that subsequent title, I picked this one up with anticipation, and was not disappointed. It's quite simple, and clearly aimed at younger children, but I appreciated the way in which the narrative shows the entire process whereby pumpkins are grown, rather than just the harvest time, which books of this sort often choose as their focus. In this sense, it was quite similar to The Apple Pie Tree, which was autumnal in feeling, but also covered the entire year in an apple tree's growth. The accompanying paper collage artwork from Halpern was colorful and appealing, in a folksy way. Recommended to picture-book readers looking for autumnal and/or Halloween stories.
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AbigailAdams26 | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 25, 2020 |
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lcslibrarian | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book follows a brother and sister as they watch their apply tree blossom, grow tiny green fruit, then big apples. They pick the apples and make an apple pie.
I love this book. It's so fun to read with kids. It deals with pollination, showing bees buzzing around apple blossoms to pollinate them. It shows the apple tree in all seasons and shows the kiddos where our food comes from. I've paired this with a cooking activity, or a fruit and vegetable tasting activity where to connect pollination and bees to our food sources. A super fun read with great potential for various lessons!
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atreffinger | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 16, 2019 |
I have used this book for a themed lesson plan in April for Johnny Appleseed week. The students love that we would read the book and then do art activities that tied into the book. For example, like apple tasting, and making unique artwork. The children will always ask to see the steps in making a apple pie. So of course I would read that part of the book over and over again until it satisfied their curiosity,
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MsYvette83 | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 16, 2018 |
This book focuses on two sisters who have a tree in their yard that produces the best part of apple pie... the apples! They go through and describe all the parts of the tree throughout every season. In their tree live a pair of robins. The robins also get a part in this story. Many animals' live have a tiny (or large) part that revolves around this apple tree. The children pick the apples in autumn and then help their mom as she prepares the apple pie. It is a lovely story of seasons, animals, and family togetherness over a shared object. Personality development can be seen through the children and their tree. For ages: 3-7 Source: Pierce County Library system
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WAwobbuffet | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 10, 2018 |
discusses the different phrases of an apple tree. how the apples are used to create an apple pie.
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TUCC | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 11, 2016 |
the book discusses the process of planting and gardening different plants. it discusses different animals that are found in the garden.
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TUCC | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 7, 2016 |
The book was about two brothers who laved fall. Their favorite aspect of fall was the leaves. They demonstrated how much they liked the leaves by explaining the different colors, shapes, how they came and went with the seasons, and what they would do with the ones they collected. This is a good book to read to students when teaching about the season of fall or about trees and leaves. I would suggest this book for kindergarten or 1st grade because it is a very easy read book.
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clarionb | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 13, 2016 |
Good for a preschool classroom, or perhaps for ppl who can't get enough of the kind of art that Eric Carle creates.  Otherwise, meh.
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Cheryl_in_CC_NV | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is an informative book on how to grow apples...and use them to make apple pie. The book explains the life cycle of an apple tree, pollination, and how to make an apple pie.
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aridders | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2016 |
24 months - I liked the idea of this book. We tried to guess what each type of seed was going to turn into and it was fun to see the garden grow and produce fruit.
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maddiemoof | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2015 |
28 months - we read this one last year and I just found it for $1 at the thrift store just in time for apple picking season. This should be fun to pull out and read each fall and make a pie too!
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maddiemoof | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2015 |
I absolutely love this book! It has been one of my favorites since childhood. This book goes into great detail with the illustrations explaining how pumpkins grow! This would be an excellent choice if you were doing a unit on Halloween or Fall traditions. The kids really enjoy the pictures! A fun activity to go along with this text would be to carve a jack-o-lantern with the class. This is also an easy text for most kids to relate to, as the characters have siblings and a family. Many children have also participated in carving a jack-o-lantern, so they can relate to the text in this way as well.
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ecalford | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 1, 2015 |
This book is about the family who grow apple trees and make apple pie.
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blancabauman | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 13, 2015 |
I love this story! I love that the pictures promote mathematics, its not just reading a book. The story is a great informational tool to teach the reader(s) about planting and sustaining a garden. The story also explains what each type of plant may look like when it has blossomed. The text explains where each vegetable will grow. The illustrations are bold and colorful! They really tell the story. At the end of the story, the children are eating what they have grown which promotes a sense of sustainability for a younger generation.
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ssmith93 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 10, 2014 |
A story about siblings playing with leaves in the fall. Describes how leaves change as season change. It talks about stomping, kicking, and jumping into piles.

Ages: 3 to 4 years
Source: Pierce College Library
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tedwrds | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 6, 2014 |
A great book to read--especially when it's autumn/fall. It's fun, pictures are great and they learn about different trees, leaves, why fall happens and what to do during fall!
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Yannie92 | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 25, 2014 |
Unlike any other halloween story, this halloween story is about a pair of siblings planning halloween in the Summer by planting their own pumpkins! They grow the pumpkins carefully, water them, pull up weeds, then finally cut them and make them into jack-o-lanterns. A very easy read with colorful illustrations. A nice halloween story without the typical scary undertone.
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eilawest | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 17, 2014 |
I like this book for two reasons. First, I like the style of the book. It explains the seasons but doesn’t present it as a scientific, informational text. Through using a fictional narrative story, the author is able to take the reader through the seasons by talking about the apple tree and how important it is to the family. Secondly, I like the pace of the book. It is kind of slow paced and gives the book a relaxing feel as the reader travels through the seasons of the year. Within each season, the author explains how the birds are growing and the flowers are going through many stages before the next season arrives. The big idea of this book is to show the growth and development of the apple tree and explain other aspects of the four seasons.
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jdobso4 | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 12, 2013 |
The brother and sister want to grow their own pumpkin for the Haloween. This book show how to plant and grow the pumpkin.
Age : 4-6
Source : Amazon, goodreads.com
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gracekalumata | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 30, 2013 |
A young little girl with her sister have the apple tree in their yard. They can take the apple to make apple pie.
Age : 4-6
Source : Pierce College Library Fort Steilacoom
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gracekalumata | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 30, 2013 |