I'm not sure how Apples, Apples, Apples made it's way into our library book bag last week, but it did! My daughter may have recognized the bunny character on the cover. We own one another of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's books titled, Fly, Monarch! Fly! and the same characters appear in both books.
Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace; Marshall Cavendish (September 2004); ISBN 9780761451815; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library
Two young bunnies, Minna and Pip, travel to an apple orchard with their Mom and Dad. They meet Mr. Miller, the apple farmer, who teaches them about different apple varieties and how to pick apples. He also points out the parts of an apple and describes tree growing practices. The bunnies return home and make some yummy cinnamon apple sauce.
In her Minna and Pip books, Wallace includes informational text intermixed with dialogue between the rabbits. I really like how this book teaches but also tells a simple story. The text isn't exactly riveting, but the illustrations certainly make up for anything the text lacks. Wallace uses a collage technique to construct her illustrations and her cut-paper artwork is very lovely. Wallace successfully incorporates a craft, a song and even a recipe into this book - another one of her picture books signatures. It's really a perfect book to use in preschool and kindergarten apple unit lessons and fun to read before visits to an orchard.
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace - Author Website
Scholastic Apples, Apples, Apples Lesson Plan
Since we read both Apples, Apples, Apples and Fly, Monarch! Fly! this week, I thought it would be fun to make a craft that corresponds with both books. These Edible Painted Apple Butterflies from perpetualpreschool.com are so pretty and double as a delicious snack. My daughter really loved this painting project and pretended she was a Disney fairy painting butterfly wings (the new fairy movie coming out, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, shows fairies painting butterflies). My toddler son liked experimenting with the colors, but he also really enjoyed eating his butterfly wings! You can make several butterflies from one apple.
Directions: Quarter an apple and cut into thin slices, leaving the skin on. Arrange four slices into the shape of a butterfly and place a sliver of carrot in the middle for the body and apple peel for antennae. Mix up some food color water paint by placing various food color drops into small bowls filled with a little water. Use q-tips to paint patterns on the wings.
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