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Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Harcourt Brace Big Book) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 31, 1994

4.6 out of 5 stars 174 customer reviews

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Ages 1-3. This appetizing alphabet book shows fruits and vegetables so juicy and alive, you'll wish they could jump off the page and into your mouth. Even vegetable haters will find it hard to resist the vibrantly colored collage illustrations, which make each item look fascinating and appealing. Long a favorite picture book, this title is now available in a smaller board book edition, just right for introducing toddlers to the mysteries of endive, kiwifruit and papaya. Booklist called the original "bright, bold... well designed." --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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"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.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Board book edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper (March 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152009027
  • ASIN: B006TQV0S0
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 13.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,392,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
Lois Ehlert's Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z contains illustrations of 74 fruits and vegetables, from the everyday apple to the exotic jicama. Each letter of the alphabet is represented in large serif font in uppercase and lowercase and is represented by illustrations of one to eight fruits and vegetables. The illustrations are captioned with spellings of each fruit and vegetable, once in all uppercase and once in all lowercase. The illustrations depict the fruits and vegetables as they appear at the supermarket, even including the wide rubber bands often found on asparagus and broccoli and the cardboard tubs that hold strawberries and blueberries. The bright illustrations are in sharp contrast with the flat, white background. The overall effect of the illustrations and type styling is crisp, clean, and colorful. The book also includes a glossary of fruits and vegetables, with a small picture, pronunciation, designation as fruit and/or vegetable, and a brief description. This glossary is particularly useful for items such as xigua (she-gwah), the Chinese name for watermelon. Children will enjoy learning the more exotic fruits and vegetables. This book will aid children in recognizing letters and the multiple words for each letter allow children to recognize the pattern of sounds associated with each letter.
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By A Customer on November 30, 1999
Format: Board book
This is a very nice board-book. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching, featuring all the usual fruits and vegetables as well as some of the more exotic ones. Each letter is printed in both upper- and lower-case, as are all the names of the fruits and vegetables (Yy YAM yam). This board book--based on a picture book for slightly older children--is probably best suited for toddlers who can identify some of the familiar items. It would be an ideal gift for a vegetarian or vegan family as it shows absolutely no animal products!
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By A Customer on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
Excellent! All three of my children adored the board book version of Eating the Alphabet. It provides a nice way to expose toddlers to a variety of interesting fruits and vegetables -- they get a kick out of repeating words like "jicama" and "jalapeno". Highly recommended.
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By Cate on February 26, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
The board book version of this title is cute, but treat yourself ( and your child,too!) to the full-sized hardcover edition. It's a feast for the eyes! Yum!
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Our two year old child loves this board book. It's thick and made of high quality material. She loves the colors and graphics. Able to point the fruits she recognize for now. This is for ages 3 and up so I say it's age appropriate.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product at a full price and this is my honest and unbiased review
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no one could believe our two year old knew what a zucchini or kiwi was by sight! and the 'ugly fruit' is a favorite in our house. great book for introducing a picky eater to different fruits and veggies. wish it was a bigger book... but it is good for small hands to hold.
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My children love this colorful book, Eating the Alphabet, by Lois Ehlert. This book helps to educate children about the different fruits and vegetables for every letter of the alphabet. It has inspired my children to want to try new fruits and vegetables that they've never had before. We have also been able to identify fruits and vegetables in the produce section at the grocery store that we might have once overlooked. One of my daughters actually requested Brussels sprouts after reading this book for the first time. We made them, and while she didn't love them the first time she had them, she was proud to say that she tried them. After having eaten them many times now, she likes them, and I have to say we probably never would have tried Brussels sprouts in the first place if it wasn't for this book!
We love the artwork of Lois Ehlert and the bright, bold colors she uses. She makes everything look appetizing and as a result will encourage children I'm sure to try more fruits and vegetables!
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The pages are filled with bright and colorful fruits and vegetables, each representing the letters of the alphabet. This is a great book for kids to identify familiar fruits and vegetables and learn new ones. I was a bit surprised that my 16 month olds weren't that interested in it. So for now I will put it away until they're a little older.
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