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A Book of Fruit Hardcover – August 1, 1994

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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-A visual introduction to fruit and the plants on which they grow. Fourteen entries (one per double-page spread) show the fruit in a still-life setting, in its natural landscape, and a close-up view of it on a branch or vine. This idea of context sets the book apart from Bruce McMillan's Growing Colors (Lothrop, 1988) and Lois Ehlert's Eating the Alphabet (Harcourt, 1989). The hand-tinted photographs are sophisticated mood pieces in soft muted colors with an impressionistic quality. Overall composition is a bit uneven. Some of the still lifes are striking; other photos are undistinguished and occasionally difficult to decipher, especially when the technique gets in the way and creates a dark fuzzy image. Despite this unevenness, the concept book is worth sharing with young children.
Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 2-5. With the beauty of classic still-life painting and the immediacy of the simplest concept book, Lember's hand-tinted, full-color photographs show 14 fruits and where they grow. On the left-hand page is the picture of a luscious fruit, just picked and ready to eata furry peach, a bunch of bananas, a bowl of cranberries, etc. On the right-hand page is a landscape photo of where the fruit growsa peach orchard, banana plantation, cranberry bogand an inset close-up of the fruit on the vine. The landscapes are the least interesting, blurry and ill-defined. But the minimal text is precise: one word for the name of the fruit, two words for where it grows. You notice the amazing shape and texture of a single orange, the detail of four cherries in a big wooden bowl. Without being aware of it, in the most natural way, kids will observe shape, size, color, and relationship in a world that's ordinary and amazing. Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First Edition edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395669898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395669891
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,552,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Rae on September 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book in my local Library. I am a kindergarten teacher and we were studying the letter F. I wanted to do some science work with fruit and thought this would be a nice literacy link. The text is very students loved "reading" the pages as I turned to the next fruit. The opposite page shows the fruit growing in its habitat.
Pictures are beautifully hand tinted. This would be an excellent book for early (Lucy Calkins) Writers Workshop, showing it does not take a lot of writing to make a "book."
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