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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439110181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439110181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Smiling oranges, mushroom "men," pepper "people," bananas that look like giraffes, eggplant penguins, and cauliflower sheep are just a few of the delightful food sculptures that grace the pages of this fun, educational offering. Freymann explores various concepts including shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites with the help of his signature vegetable and fruit characters. The concepts are well executed, and although the triangular carrot does not have perfectly straight lines, its shape is recognizable. Children will thoroughly enjoy the clever artwork and adorable characters. A visual treat.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL

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*Starred Review* PreS. Freymann and Elffers previously used their ingenious food sculptures to introduce concepts in How Are You Peeling (1999) and One Lonely Sea Horse (2000). They have truly perfected their craft in this winning collection that covers basic shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites--all introduced through images of artfully manipulated fruits and vegetables. Solid, candy-colored backgrounds showcase an irresistible cast of produce-part creatures, which, thanks to a few inspired cuts, reflect an astonishing assortment of expressions and personalities. The simple, clean design is ideal for demonstrating the concepts; the uncluttered spreads make counting and identification easy. But it's the playful, wonderfully clever transformation of familiar foods that will win an audience; preschoolers will howl gleefully over glistening green-pepper frogs and a snowman of stacked mushroom caps, who toasts his marshmallow over fruit-skin flames. Fans of their previous books will find much that is familiar here, but in this mix of concept and unabashed food play, the authors get the formula just right. Gillian Engberg
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I've seen two other books by the same authors, but this one is "the one."
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Terrific book for young toddlers to teach the the basics of counting, colors, letters of the alphabet and opposites.
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I got this book for my nephew's birthday (he was turning 3) and he really loved it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Levy on February 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Someone forgot to tell this duo not to play with their food. Thank goodness, or kids wouldn't have such startling sculptures of bok choy fish or cauliflower sheep to teach them basic concepts: colors, shapes, numbers, letters and opposites. Eye-catching colors and uncluttered layouts keep this fruity menagerie moving along.

The foods are real -- and after several readings, I'm still scrutinizing the pages to see just how the artists did it. Even knowing they used black-eyed peas for eyes doesn't affect the magic: How did they find all those peppers with silly faces? How come my bruised bananas never look like giraffes?

I brought this book to my son's pre-school and the teacher didn't want to part with it: the kids wouldn't let her put it down. You'll never look at salad the same way again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nanette on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Hi,

I'm a picky parent -- I admit it. My standards for books for my kids are very high. I guess it's because I'm a professional writer and editor and my husband is a newspaper publisher. We expect lively, imaginative writing with substance, not just empty calories for our children's minds.

My three-year-old snatched this book off the library shelves. I let her check it out, but didn't plan to do much more than flip through it. When I opened it -- wow!

This book teaches concepts like numbers, opposites and more in the most imaginative way I've seen. My husband and I agreed this was a book we had to have on our shelves.

The only problem with that is this: My husband figured the best place for it would be the kitchen -- so I could try to duplicate the cool things with our family foods. Yeah, right! Far better to keep it on the coffee table. A benefit -- my kids are becoming charmed by vegetables and more willing to see them on their plates!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Hsu on February 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that I never tire of reading again and again. The characters are so lovely and yet they are all real - all cleverly put together from real fruits and vegetables. I particularly like the mushroom "michelin man" and the "shouting" orange. It is unbelievable that there are so many weird peppers that naturally show convincing expressions. Wonderful book full of surprises.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Even at 10 months, when my daughter received this as a gift, it was immediately her favorite book. She flipped from page to page and back to the cover, seeing that there were many "people" made of oranges. I've seen two other books by the same authors, but this one is "the one."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James J. Rupp on August 11, 2006
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My mother was a librarian, and books have always been a part of my life. Mom always chose the best for us. This book has gorgeous photos, with a great concept of fruits and veggies. Eye-catching and beautifully made. Little ones learn, and adults perk up to an enjoyable feast. A must-have, for kitchen or coffee table. --Maure in Illinois
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is very educational to little kids but, it's also so unique and fun! We were in a group for the caldecott comitee at our school and it won for the caldecott comitee. It should have won for the caldecott award because you could tell how much effort Saxton Freymann put into it.

We made a diarama and poster for our groups presentation and it looked very cool! This is a great book for little kids to learn from, because it's so much fun to look at. We're a group of 11 year olds and we got so interested in it, even though it's for little kids. you should buy this book if you have little toddlers just learning their ABC's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie K. Tunc on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It is so creative and fun - I have even given it as a gift and will continue to do so. It's a great gift idea -everyone should have it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This cute book shouldve won the Caldecott! I dont know of any other illustrator who uses food for art! It makes me hungry just thinking about it!

It also teaches children the alphabet and makes learning awesome! Why didn't this book win???
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