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Red Are the Apples


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MARC HARSHMAN and CHERYL RYAN have each published several books for children; Red Are the Apples is their first collaboration. They live in Wheeling, West Virginia.


Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan harvest a garden's fall bounty in Red Are the Apples. Like the title, each quatrain begins with a color: "Yellow's the corn/ on stalks growing high,/ shading the pumpkins/ and reaching the sky." Wade Zahares's piquant pastels, with colors that vibrate against one another and offbeat perspectives, are a feast for the eyes. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

PreS-Gr 2-A boy with his wagon, two hens, and a black cat stroll through the plentiful fields of a farm in autumn. Together they inspect lima beans, corn, pumpkins, beets, eggplants, and apples, which are all ready for harvest. Written in rhyme, the story speaks of canning and cider making. The poetry is a bit bumpy at times. "Purple are the eggplants,/shiny and smooth,/nestled near Scarecrow,/who's missing a tooth." Or, "Black is the hat/on Scarecrow's head./It points to the sky/and the crows overhead." Although the illustrations are well designed, double-page spreads throughout, and the autumn colors are bright, the corn is tan, almost brown, where the text reads, "Yellow's the corn-." The scarecrow's hat, described as black, appears in the picture as a dark green. Overall, the illustrations done in pastels on paper portray the feeling of fall. The book ends on a pleasant note, with an expression of thanks for the abundance of harvest time. However, the detail needed in a good picture book is lacking here.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

A feast for the eyes.--Publishers Weekly

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