Dappled apples

Jan Carr

Book - 2001

Rhyming text and illustrations celebrate the pleasures of fall, from turning leaves and apple picking to pumpkins and Halloween.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Holiday House 2001.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
082341583X
Main Author
Jan Carr (-)
Other Authors
Dorothy Donohue (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ages 3-6. Carr's playful, original way with words is evident from the opening pages of this spirited, staccato tribute to fall: "Flutter, flitter / Gold as glitter / Colors crackle / Round the tree / Rake a heap up. / Run and leap up / Fall is frisky-- / So are we!" Three children and a dog tumble and cavort through an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch, then prepare for Halloween and go trick-or-treating together. Filling the double-page spreads are detailed cut-paper collages, which are brightly colored, interestingly textured, and even crumpled, creating pleasing effects. The outdoor scenes convey a sense of depth in the picture plane that is appealing and somewhat unusual in collage illustrations for picture books. With its nimble text and eye-catching artwork, this will be a good bet for teachers seeking fall-themed books. ((Reviewed October 1, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2-An overly sweet celebration of fall, told in rhyme. The book opens with images of leaves ("Flutter, flitter/Gold as glitter/Colors crackle/Round the tree") and takes readers through all of the hallmarks of the season, ending with trick-or-treating: "Evil fairy/Yikes! She's scary!/Patched-up pirate/Who is he?" Donohue's bright collages were created with "handmade cut paper that was layered and crumpled to achieve texture and dimension." This technique results in an almost 3-D effect, with vividly colored pumpkins, scarecrows, and costumed children that seem to step right out of the pages. Unfortunately, the text doesn't say much or offer anything new given the myriad picture books about the season. Librarians and teachers will be better off with the fall poems in John Updike's A Child's Calendar (Holiday, 2001).-Shara Alpern, The Free Library of Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In a frisky, festive celebration of fall, rhyming text and illustrations bring the delights of the season to life, from turning leaves and apple picking to pumpkins and Halloween costumes.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Rhyming text and illustrations celebrate the pleasures of fall, from turning leaves and apple picking to pumpkins and Halloween.