Title: Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-Picking Time
Author: Jody Fickes Shapiro
Illustrator: Kitty Harvill
Publisher: Holiday House
Year: 2008 (paperback)
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.3
Concepts: natural resources, human resources, entrepreneurs
Review: A young boy and his family have gotten up early to take a long car-ride to visit Grandma and Grandpa. But this is no ordinary visit, for the grandparents own and operate an apple orchard, and they need help with both the picking and the selling. They pick all afternoon until the wagon cart is full, stopping occasionally to sample some slices and some cider. A steady flow of old friends and new customers visit the farm stand the next day, and the apples sell at a brisk pace.
Bright illustrations and crisp text do a nice job in expressing the delicious aromas and tastes of the various types of apples. Along the way, children can pick up a simple lesson about natural resources and human resources in a small family-owned business. The various suggestions for tasty dishes made with apples may also leave readers with a distinctive hankering for something sweet.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children