Look at this Book! Eating the Alphabet

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…

Eating the Alphabet

Today’s great book: Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert (1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
Time to Read: short and sweet, especially for young children; great pictures with words for emergent readers
Summary: From the inside cover…In brilliant watercolor collages, Lois Ehlert introduces young readers to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from A to Z. Clearly labeled and easy to identify, the collection includes such favorites as apples, bananas, potatoes, and tomatoes – as well as some less common edibles such as jalapeno peppers and radicchio. A glossary at the end of the book offers useful and interesting information about each fruit and vegetable. Here is an engaging presentation of fresh and wholesome foods that are popular all over the world.
Best Quote: “Apple to Zucchini, come take a look. Start eating your way through this alphabet book.”

Our View: This is a classic book by a classic children’s author and includes large-style collages of each fruit and vegetable labeled on each page – from A to Z. There is even a fruit for the letter X – who could have imagined it? In particular, books like this are a wonderful way to get your young children reading before they can actually read a word (that’s an emergent reader!) – the pictures are that good and that connected to the world in which your child lives. Healthy and colorful…all in a great children’s book!

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for a crazy A-Z game (this is more a recipe for fun and games than a food recipe, but still on our Book Cook page) created by the kids to accompany this particular book.