Ages 4^-7. Hutchins will once again get the attention of new and prereaders, this time with a brightly colored and patterned bucolic countdown. As a farmer admires the red apples on his tree, a horse nips off one, a cow another, a donkey yet another, and so on until there's one left. Just as the farmer says, "Good, you saved one for me," along comes his wife, seeking apples for a pie. In a series of simply drawn country scenes with floral borders at top and bottom, people and animals are depicted as jointed wooden figures. The apples are there to count, not only on the tree, but lined up above the rhymed text, too, next to large numerals. As she does in The Doorbell Rang (1986), Hutchins releases the more-guests-than-goodies tension by going outside the box: "Look!" cries the pointing farmer, "Another apple tree!" What better way to end this sunny celebration of sharing, counting, problem-solving, and luscious red apples? ((Reviewed May 1, 2000))Copyright 2000 Booklist ReviewsReview by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Bold colors dominate Hutchins's (Titch) gouache paintings, framed in fire-engine red and featuring characters depicted as hinged wooden people and animals. The rhyming, sing-song text counts down from 10 as a succession of farm animals consume apples from a tree, beginning with a horse: "Ten red apples hanging on the tree./ Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee!/ Horse came and ate one,/ chomp, chomp, chomp./ Neigh, neigh, fiddle-dee-fee./ `Horse!' cried the farmer./ `Save some for me!' " For each verse, an animal takes its fruit, then moves to the right side of the spread, creating a cumulative visual effect. After the ninth animal helps itself to the tree's bounty, a sole apple remains for the farmer, but none for his wife, who hopes to bake a pie. In the closing spreads, the farmer spies another tree bearing 10 apples, setting youngsters up to start all over again. Hutchins's repetitive narrative, with its long vowel sounds coupled with crayon-bright toy characters, will invite audience participation and boost beginning readers' self-confidence. Ages 3-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2-A concept book that blends rhyming, counting, repetition, and animal sounds into a charming, folksy story. Hutchins's trademark wooden figures-including the farming couple from Changes, Changes (Macmillan, 1971)-populate this delightful tale in which a farmer watches his animals eat bright red apples from the tree. "`Horse!' cried the farmer. `Save some for me!'" When there is just one apple left, he picks it ("Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee!"). Then along comes his wife, who finds "No red apples to bake in a pie. Fie, fie, fiddle-dee-fee!" The farmer saves the day when he finds another tree and they fill the basket with "More red apples hanging on a tree." The bouncy singsong text begs to be read aloud. The rhyme is easy and smooth, with a catchy refrain. An added surprise is the appearance of Rosie the hen from Rosie's Walk (Macmillan, 1968). The gouache paintings are bright and clear, and the palette includes many colors beyond the primary tones of red, blue, and yellow. There is a cheery border at the top and bottom of each page. The endpapers show the happy couple counting apples from 1 to 10 and back again. A delicious selection from a master of simplicity.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
In rhyming verses, one animal after another neighs, moos, oinks, quacks and makes other appropriate sounds as each eats an apple from the farmer's tree.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Children can help the farmer's wife count down from ten to one, as well as explore the rest of the farm and its various barnyard animal sounds. By the creator of Little Pink Pig.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. "Save one for me," calls the farmer. But what about the farmer's wife?Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!Review by Publisher Summary 4
Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. "Save one for me," calls the farmer. But what about the farmer's wife?Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!