Albert’s Field Trip

Albert’s Field Trip
Written and Illustrated by LESLIE TRYON

From Booklist, September 15, 1993
Ages 4-7. A menagerie of young animals boards Albert’s school bus for a late afternoon field trip to an apple farm. The details of the outing as recorded by Gary the skunk for the school paper are amplified by Tryon’s beguiling watercolor and color pencil illustrations, which show the group filling their baskets in the orchard, eyeing the apples being washed, and in the storage room peering up at high stacks of boxes filled with various types and colors of the fruit. The exuberant critters singing songs en route to the orchard contrast with the exhausted apple pickers clutching their baskets of fruit as they sleepily exit the bus at the trip’s end. Engagingly teaching the sequence of apple processing, this inviting volume will make a perfect primer for fall orchard outings. Ellen Mandel Copyright© 1993, American Library Association. All rights reserved

From Kirkus Reviews , September 1, 1993
Albert’s third is not quite the imaginative extravaganza of his first two (Albert's Alphabet, 1991, ALA Notable, and ...Play, 1992); it's a fairly straightforward trip to an apple farm, with the amiable duck driving the school bus. Still, Tryon’s wit and skill are much in evidence. The little animals, their parents, and the other adults are all astute caricatures of their human counterparts, whether showing off on the bus, climbing into trees to sample apples, or drowsing on the way home. Giving the narration to a little skunk who’s appointed to report on the day for the school paper is a nice touch--as is having the farm run entirely by females (the tractor-driving collie in puff sleeves is especially amusing). The book makes a fine introduction to apple farms--or to class trips--but best is following the entrancing animal individuals through the colorful, beautifully designed illustrations. (Picture book. 5-8)
Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Horn Book
Albert, the endearing hero of Albert's Alphabet (Atheneum), is back, this time leading a school field trip as the class of assorted animals sets off for Georgie and Gracie’s Apple Farm. The humorous, childlike story captures the realities of school trips -- including the small disasters -- and the watercolor and colored-pencil drawings contribute many details.
Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

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