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.
Sprout Apple Seeds
All apple seeds, except Red and Yellow Delicious, will work. Dry apple seeds for 1–2 weeks. Place a dampened paper towel into a sealable plastic bag. Place the seeds in the bag so that they rest on the paper towel. Place the bag in the freezer for two months. Then take the seeds out of the freezer and plant them in approximately one inch of potting soil. Use a planter that has good drainage. Place in a warm and sunny spot and water regularly.
Find the "Magic Star" Inside an Apple
Place the apple sideways on the cutting surface and cut through the middle. (For safety, only an adult should do the cutting.) Separate the two halves. On each half you will see a five-pointed star.
You can preserve your "magic stars' by making thin cuttings from the center of each apple and allowing these to dry in the classroom. Do any other fruits have magic stars? Do all varieties of apples have stars? Do the stars always look the same?
Take a Trip
Visit an apple tree in blossom. Observe the apple tree throughout the year. Ask students, how does the tree change?