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The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Treeby Gail Gibbons
Synopses & Reviews
Open up a fresh and stylish story about growing up and keeping hold of your favorite memories. As the year passes, the narratorand#8217;s favorite dress goes through a series of creative changes, from dress to shirt to tank top to scarf and so on, until all thatand#8217;s left of it is a good memory. Assisted by her patient and crafty mama, the narrator finds that when disaster strikes her favorite things, she doesnand#8217;t need to make mountains out of molehillsand#8212;she and#8220;makes molehills out of mountainsand#8221; instead! Structured around the days of the week, the story is also illustrated to show the passing of the seasons, a perfect complement to the themes of growing older and keeping hold (and letting go) of special mementos.
Praise for Iand#160;Had a Favorite Dress
"A spunky story about adjusting to change with creativity and style. Tailor-made, so to speak, for the Etsy generation of DIY enthusiasts.and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Everyone is smiling in the buoyant confections created by illustrator Julia Denosand#8212;including, itand#8217;s fair to say, young readers looking at them. Endearing picture book.and#8221; and#8211;Wall Street Journal
and#8220;What could have been yet another example of kindergarten consumerism instead becomes one of resourcefulness and resilience.and#8221; and#8211;New York Times
and#8220;Denosand#8217;s multimedia illustrations reinforce the narratorand#8217;s vibrant personality and the amazing transformations of the dress while capturing the action and emotion of the story. This book is sure to capture the imaginations of would-be seamstresses; children who canand#8217;t bear to part with a favorite item; and those who want to reduce, reuse, recycle.and#8221; and#8211;School Library Journal
and#8220;Breezy in style, they smartly stitch each scene of alteration as the not-so-little girl sashays through the days of the week and the seasons. A charming interpretation of an old story that will speak to young fashionistas.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree.
This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. In Gail Gibbonsand#8217;s bright illustrations, Arnold collects apple blossoms in spring, builds a tree house in summer, makes apple pie and cider in the fall, and hangs strings of popcorn and berries for the birds in winter, among other seasonal activities. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.
In a fun book that teaches about the changing seasons, Arnold enjoys the pleasures of his apple tree: its buds and blossoms in the spring, its sheltering boughs in summer, the tasty apples in the fall, and, in winter, the bare branches hold strings of popcorn and berries for the birds. Full color.
About the Author
Boni Ashburn is the author of Hush, Little Dragon and Over at the Castle. She lives in Houghton, Michigan, with her four children. Visit BoniAshburn.com. Julia Denos is the acclaimed illustrator of Dotty, by Erica S. Perl. She lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. Visit JuliaDenos.com.
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