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Children's LiteratureTo interest youngsters needing encouragement in their reading skills, each book in the "A+, Eat Your Colors" series combines bright photographs of appealing children and colorful food with short, snappy text. The chapters are brief and the vocabulary controlled. Each book contains a note to parents, teachers, and librarians, as well as a glossary, sources for further information, and an easy recipe so kids can enjoy a little kitchen fun. Apples, cherries, cranberry juice, and of course spaghetti sauce and pepperoni are included in the category of red foods. A recipe for a "Happy Pizza Face" made with an English muffin topped with sauce, cheese, pepperoni slices, and olives will provide kids with a tasty treat. The book's format will work well to interest kids, thereby encouraging them to think about colors and their own favorite foods, which may lead to a discussion of a subject about which they have strong feelings and valid opinions. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford