For my new job, all the librarians write a maximum 150 word review of a new book that came into the library during the month. I’ll be adding my contribution to the blog in a new feature I’m calling To the Point Tuesdays. If you want to play along, just post a link in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.

Title: Apple
Author: Nikki McClure
Illustrator: Nikki McClure
ISBN: 9781419703782
Pages: unpaged
Publisher/Date: Harry N. Abrams, c2012.
Publication Date: August 1, 2012

With stark black and white paper-cut drawings and red accents, Nikki McClure’s Apple starts off looking simple, but it does much more than tell the story of an apple. The author/illustrator provides a learning opportunity for kids as she starts with a whole apple that is then shared, composted, and finally grows into another tree through the seasons. Each striking picture is accompanied with a single word that relates the action, such as “Find,” “Sneak,” and “Share” in that same eye-popping apple red. Have preschoolers tell you a bedtime story for once as you both explore the pictures and action.

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