Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z

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by Lois Ehlert
     
 

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While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.

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While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.

Editorial Reviews

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 latest—a lap-sized board book—is 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 chard—and yes, even xigua and zucchini—can 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 type—giving 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.
Carolyn Phelan
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547539096
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/10/2013
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
585,074
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Eating the Alphabet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book! She never tires of the vibrant pictures and has learned many of her fruits and veggies through this book.
Donnissima More than 1 year ago
My little ones loved looking at all the fruits and vegetable and pronouncing their names. A great classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are trying to ensure our child eats a variety of healthy foods and this book rules. We are planning on making a game of it by cooking something out of the book every day when our child is older and learning about it. Our one year old loves going through the pictures and it has many fruits and vegetables you don't see in most books.
GentleReader07 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations of fruits and veggies, including some not-so-common ones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson, who is not yet 3 and already knows the alphabet, has learned about and wants to try all the fruits and vegetables in this fabulously illustrated book. He not only reads the title but the author's name as well as he seeks out this book again and again. Excellent. He so enjoyed the library book that I just had to buy one to keep. Highly recommended.
cme47 More than 1 year ago
Lovely art, my kids love it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert is an awesome book with very colorful pictures. This is a book about learning your alphabet using fruit and vegetable words. It has a lot of fruit and vegetable words that we almost didn¿t know how to pronounce. Kenyetta and I like this book because it helps children learn their alphabet and we think someone will like this too. It is a good book for kids to read. It is also a good study book if you like to study fruits and vegetables.