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Appleby Nikki Mcclure
Synopses & Reviews
Apple follows the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature. The youngest readers will delight in following the journey of the bright red apple—the only splash of color in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations—as it travels from tree, to harvest, to snack, to compost, and finally to sprout. A single word complements each illustration, urging early readers to reflect on each stage in the apple’s life.
Apple is acclaimed cut-paper artist Nikki McClure’s very first book, originally self-published and sold in a limited edition of just 200 copies. Now, 16 years later, it is available in wide release, and fans will relish the chance to own the book that launched McClure’s signature style.
Praise for Apple
"Run your fingers across this satisfyingly square book’s cover and feel the subtle, smooth outlines of a ripe apple and simple letters. You’ll immediately sense the solid, soothing storytelling at work inside, achieved through astute manipulations of paper."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The art is gorgeous, the text is one-word-per-page minimal and the “story” is sprinkled with welcome surprises."
—The New York Times Book Review
"The emphasis on the cycle of life makes this a useful classroom and library addition."
—School Library Journal
"An afterword says that this is actually McClure's first book, which she created in 1996, hand-bound, and sold locally. Small and square, it features a single word in block letters on each left-hand page, opposite one of McClure's signature cutouts. A girl takes an apple from the pile her mother is using for pie ('sneak'), slips it into her school knapsack ('hide'), and leaves it on the playground ('forget'). The apple makes its way into the compost and then into the ground, where it sprouts: 'Spring.' The technical ability required to use a single piece of black paper and a pair of scissors to represent intangibles like the movement of air or a reflection on the water is a rare gift; parents and children can spend rewarding time together merely figuring out how McClure (To Market, To Market) has created positive and negative space. For McClure, the apple — which adds a flash of red to the otherwise b&w images — joins the natural world to the human world, and adds beauty to its surroundings wherever it's found. Ages 3 — 6. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Nikki McClure is a self-taught cut-paper artist known nationally for her calendar and gift line. She is the author and illustrator of Collect Raindrops, Mama, Is It Summer Yet?, and To Market, to Market and the illustrator of All in a Day, written by Cynthia Rylant. She lives in Olympia, Washington. Visit her online at www.nikkimcclure.com.
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