Eating the alphabet : fruits and vegetables from A to Z
Harcourt Brace, 1989
What People Are Saying
From Our Follett Early Learning Experts
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.
From the Publisher
Kirkus Reviews starred (1989)
With images as boldly conceived as those in her Planting a Rainbow, yet with subtly added textures that create far closer links between her art and the objects represented, Ehlert has produced an outstanding alphabet book. There are 75 fruits and vegetables here, which include the familiar as well as plenty that are mildly exotic (kumquat, radicchio). Page design is inspired, with the names printed in large type, in both upper and lower case, in an elegant face, sometimes vertically and sometimes horizontally. Notes on the species' origins and uses are appended (xigua--the only non-English entry--is the Chinese name for watermelon). A beautiful, useful book.
Publishers Weekly (March 10, 1989)
``Apple to Zucchini, / come take a look. / Start eating your way / through this alphabet book.'' So begins this delectable feast of fruits and vegetables, in a diverse and plentiful array. Each turn of the page reveals a mouth-watering arrangement of foods: Indian corn, jalapeno, jicama, kumquat, kiwifruit and kohlrabi. The words are shown in capital and lowercase letters set in bold type for easy reading. At the end of the book, Ehlert provides a detailed glossary that includes pronunciation, botanical information, the origin and history of the particular plant and occasional mythological references, with a small watercolor picture to remind the reader of what the plant looks like. Ehlert's glorious watercolor collages are lively and enticing; as in her Growing Vegetable Soup , she presents the plant world in an appealing and easily accessible manner. Both parents and children will be encouraged to sample exotic new foods at mealtime. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)
School Library Journal (May 1989)
PreS-Gr 1-- Brilliant, vibrant watercolor collages portray fruits and vegetables that start with each letter of the alphabet. The objects depicted, shown against a white ground, are easily identifiable for the most part, and represent the more common sounds of the letter shown. (Only ``J'' jalapeno, jicama falls short of this criterion.) The problem letter ``X'' is cleverly handled with ``xigua''--the Chinese name for watermelon. Both upper- and lower-case letters are printed in large, black type. A nice added touch is the glossary which includes the pronunciation and interesting facts about the origin of each fruit and vegetable, how it grows, and its uses. An exuberant, eye-catching alphabet book that's sure to be popular with parents, teachers, and youngsters. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh
- Publisher: Harcourt Brace
- Pub. Date: March 10, 1989
Format: Hardcover 34 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm.
- Age Range: Early PreK - PreK (1-4 yrs.)
- Reading Level: 2.5 (What’s this?)
- ISBN-10: 0-15-224435-2
- ISBN-13: 978-0-15-224435-4
- Follett Number: 10032C6
- Manufacturer Part Number: 0152244352
- Language: English