Fruit and Vegetable Man

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Ruby Rubenstein is a fruit and vegetable man. Every day he picks out the very best fruits and vegetables for his store. Every day he arranges them in beautiful rows and pyramids of color. But one day, Ruby is sick. Luckily, he had been showing young Sun Ho how to choose the best produce, arrange it, and work the cash register.

Sun Ho first watches the artistic fruit and vegetable man, Ruby Rubenstein, at work; then he begins helping...

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Overview

Ruby Rubenstein is a fruit and vegetable man. Every day he picks out the very best fruits and vegetables for his store. Every day he arranges them in beautiful rows and pyramids of color. But one day, Ruby is sick. Luckily, he had been showing young Sun Ho how to choose the best produce, arrange it, and work the cash register.

Sun Ho first watches the artistic fruit and vegetable man, Ruby Rubenstein, at work; then he begins helping in the store--even offering something new: bean sprouts.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ruby Rubenstein isn't just a produce man, he's an artist. ``I take care'' is his motto, and he's passionate about his work, pouring his soul into the eye-catching designs that make his market display a standout on Delano Street. But whether he wants to admit it or not, Ruby's getting on in years, and when he falls ill one day, it's a young admirer and his family who save the day. Ruby's reluctance to retire is offset by his pleasure at leaving his shop in good hands, those of Sun Ho, a budding fruit and vegetable man who proves that he also ``takes care.'' There's a sweet sense of continuity in Schotter's ( Bunny's Night Out ) simple tale, with old-style European immigrants passing the torch, as it were, to the new wave of immigrants, in this case an Asian family. Winter ( Come Out to Play ; Diego ) is an inspired choice as illustrator--she has a field day with the sleek shapes and rich colors of Ruby's produce, and the results look luscious enough to eat. As irresistible as a ripe peach. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
In a city, strangers sometimes can become family. This is certainly true in Schotter's A Fruit and Vegetable Man. Ruby, an older produce vendor who immigrated fifty years before, meets newly arrived Sun Ho. He is fascinated with Ruby's artistry in displaying the fruit, his juggling, and the way that he "takes care." When Ruby retires to become a country fruit and vegetable man, he leaves his city stand to Sun Ho and his family where they also "take care."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-For nearly 50 years, Ruby Rubenstein has run his store, rising before dawn to choose the best produce from the wholesalers, expertly displaying it on the shelves, and befriending his customers. When Sun Ho watches the elderly man ``work his magic,'' he is filled with happiness, and Ruby teaches him all he knows. But one day Ruby falls ill. After several days, he rushes to reopen his store, only to find-to his surprise and pleasure-that the resourceful Sun Ho, his parents, and his sister have been tending the market. Ruby declares Sun Ho to be ``a fruit and vegetable man,'' and retires with his wife to the mountains. The simple, direct text employs fresh images: Venus still sparkling in the dark morning sky, Sun Ho's face turning the color of radishes, snow the color of fresh cauliflower. Winter's jewel-toned, full-color illustrations, rendered in acrylic, feature a multicultural cast in an urban setting, and the details of each vignette are evident in the well-composed pictures. The text and illustrations are surrounded by lots of white space, with small fruits and vegetables decorating each page. This satisfying story about taking pride in one's work and helping others is good for reading aloud and one-on-one sharing.-Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
Hazel Rochman
Ruby Rubinstein has loved working in his fruit and vegetable store for nearly 50 years, ever since he and his wife first came across the sea as immigrants to make a new life. Sun Ho, a small immigrant boy who has just flown in with his family, loves Ruby's store and learns from him how to run things. Ruby shows Sun Ho how to pile the lush produce in artistic designs: pears in pyramids, grapes in diamonds, a head of lettuce as accent, a bit of watercress as trim. There is not much story--it is time for Ruby to retire and Sun Ho's family takes over the store--but the words are unaffected, and Winter's framed, detailed, folk art paintings capture the urban vitality and beauty and the joy in work and community. The acrylic colors are as bright as fresh produce--eggplant and grapefruit, apricots and winter tomatoes--and the neighborhood store is "like a painting."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316774673
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/6/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1

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