The cycle of nature in ‘Apple’

If there is such a thing as a children’s coffee table book, this may be it.

Apple by Nikki McClure is stunning. The ‘story’ is simple – it follows the life of a bright red apple throughout a year as it goes from tree, to harvest, to snack, to compost and finally to sprout in spring. It’s a neat way to show the cycle of nature.

Each illustration is accompanied by a single word – my favourite pages show a girl taking the apple from a pile her mother is using to make apple pie – this picture is accompanied by the word ‘sneak’. The girl then slips the apple into her backpack (‘hide’).

McClure’s paper cut-out illustrations are absolutely beautiful – eye-catching, bold and while at first glance they appear simple, on closer inspection you will marvel at the detail McClure achieves with a single sheet of paper and a knife.

Apple was originally self-published as a limited edition by McClure in 1996. I suggest snapping up this new, wider release edition while you can – it’s a fabulous example of McClure’s work.

Find Apple at Book Depository. The book is suitable for children aged two years and over. Book Depository deliver free to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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