About the Book

Noted nonfiction author Gail Gibbons presents an accessible, factual account of the seasonal changes a boy's apple tree undergoes. Arnold collects apple blossoms in spring, builds a tree house in summer, makes apple pie and cider in the fall, and hangs strings of popcorn and berries for the birds in winter, among other seasonal activities. The book includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.

Curriculum-Crossover Writing and Art Prompts

  1. Ask students to write letters to a doctor and ask if an apple a day really keeps the doctor away.
  2. Have students draw a picture of a tree that could grow from an apple seed.
  3. Cut open or slice various apples, coat the inner surface with tempera paint, and help students make apple prints.