Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables by a Caldecott honor book winning illustrator. Favorites like tomatoes and bananas are illustrated and named along with less familiar ones such as radicchio and jalapeno peppers. The book contains information notes on each term. 1996, (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
All too frequently, teachers tell me that colleagues strike alphabet books from their upper-grade library's order list. That's sad, for the best alphabet books are for everyone. For example with Ehlert's book you can share it as 1) a simply beautiful alphabet book, 2) a sampling of edible plants elementary grade youngsters can categorize (i.e. leaf or root, crunchy or slurpy, yellow or green), whose origins can be pinpointed on a map, or whose preparations reflect cultural similarities or differences, 3) a collection of fine watercolor collages, anyone can try, 4) an information book with glossary entries that are models of tightly constructed, information laden, two-to-four sentence paragraphs. 1996 (orig.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Lois Ehlert's much acclaimed picture book has gone through several reincarnations since its original publication. This latesta lap-sized board bookis perhaps one of its best. Size itself is the factor. It is large enough so that Ehlert's evocative and colorful renderings of veggies and fruit, from avocado and asparagus to persimmon, pomegranate, and Swiss chardand yes, even xigua and zucchinican be properly seen and admired while propped on a parent or child's lap. Of course, it might be a tad heavy for a small toddler to drag around, but the solid-board pages will taste as sweet to any teething baby. The alphabet function is still foremost, and the name of each item pictured is printed in both upper and lower case in large, readable typegiving the truly precocious future gourmet the opportunity to learn the correct spelling for such delicacies as "rutabaga" and "radicchio." This is definitely a win-win book.
A board-book version of Ehlert's bright, bold alphabet book of fruits and vegetables, this is smaller than the original, but almost identical in content. Since the shape of the book remains the same, the layout and pictures are intact. The glossary is gone, but it will not be missed at this age level. The brilliant colors look even more vibrant on the glossy, laminated pages, though the illustrations lose some of their graphic punch when reduced in size. Still, a well-designed book for toddlers intrigued by parsnips, potatoes, peas, peppers, pumpkins, and the like.