Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review - Apple Picking Day!

Apple Picking Day!
by Candice Ransom
illustrated by Erika Meza
Date: 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Who doesn’t love to go apple picking at the first sign of fall? A sister and brother celebrate autumn with a trip to a local apple orchard in this simple, rhyming Step 1 early reader.

The kids bound with glee through the rows of trees, and race against other children to pick the most and the best apples. The story of their day is bright, fun, and full of light action. It’s told in easy-to-follow rhyme, ensuring a successful reading experience.

Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. These books are for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Apple Picking Day! celebrates fall and the apple harvest. A family goes to a local farm to pick apples. There, the kids climb and reach and pick apples, and even meet a new friend. The story is very simple (it's more of a premise than a story, really) but the illustrations are quite cute and kids will probably enjoy reading about this autumn activity.

Being a book for beginning readers, it doesn't have a lot of text. What text there is rhymes. It's not bad, but it's a little sentence-fragmenty in spots. I believe kids absorb what they read. Even if they're not consciously aware of grammar at this stage, they're going to be observing it in the books they read. So I had to take a few points off for that issue.

Otherwise, this is a cute little book about a seasonal activity. I don't know if there are any other books featuring this family doing things together, but if there are, I wouldn't mind having a look.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall Rating: 3.57 out of 5 ladybugs

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