by Gail Gibbons

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Apples are on my personal list of favorite fruits. After reading this book, your child might feel the same way too.

With few words and big colorful pictures, Gibbons does a great job of explaining the fruit's history in America, its growth cycle, and uses. Even adults can learn from it!

Your child (and you) will learn:

  • the assortment of varieties available
  • the basic parts
  • growth and development stages from flower bud to fruit
  • miscellaneous fun facts about this yummy fruit
  • new vocabulary words such as:
    • orchard
    • seedling
    • stamen
    • stigma
    • pollen
    • pollination
    • prune
Reading this book is a great way to help a picky eater get interested in a new food or just to get your child excited about this yummy fruit!

Apples by Gail Gibbons gets this dietitian's thumbs up, and if I was a teacher, I'd give it an A++!

Nutrition Activities: After Reading Apples

  • Do a blindfolded "taste test" of all the different varieties and vote on the best.
  • Download and print this free coloring page.
  • Visit a fruit orchard.
  • Include this ruby gem at least once a day for an entire week:
    • Breakfast: coarsely chop and add to oatmeal, pancakes or muffins
    • Lunch: Shred and add to canned tuna
    • Dinner: Prepare Granny Smith Salsa and serve over baked chicken or fish
    • Snacks: Spread slices with peanut butter, almond butter or pumpkin seed butter

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Granny Smith Salsa

  • 1 pound Granny Smiths, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeño peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

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