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From the Hardcover edition.
The subtitle announces the approach of this clever ABC that will inform and entertain kids, whether they are farm savvy or naive.
Each letter has a title with factual tidbits in reader-friendly layout and text. Kk, "King-sized Kohlrabi," gives an explanation of the vegetable and lists varieties. "Kohlrabi are sweet-tasting bulbs with thick stems that grow above ground. While they're usually about the size of a tennis ball, some—like the king-sized Kossak kohlrabi—can grow as a big as a volleyball." The chatty style and occasional questions will engage kids. Some word choices are a stretch—Ice Cold Ice Cream for I and Oh! Overalls in the Orchard, for example—though they do connect to farm life. S is for Stink, Stank, Stunk (manure); X is for Xtra Large Eggs with Yummy Yellow Yolks; Z is for Zoom Zoom Zucchini (with rules for zucchini races). What makes it all work are the vividly colored collages made with handpainted papers and acrylics. The end pages create a puzzle to find specific words and images, plus there's a ladybug to find in each scene. For storytimes, pair this with Lois Ehlert'sEating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z(1989).
A basketful of farm-filled fun and learning.(Informational picture book. 5-8)
Review, Booklist, June 7, 2011
"In this food-focused ABC book for a wide age range, the combination of facts and language play creates plenty of fun....Kids will enjoy learning about common foods, even as they savor the clever wordplay for each letter of the alphabet."