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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Scholastic Bookshelf
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439598419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439598415
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Who hasn't looked at a fruit or vegetable and seen a funny face? In How Are You Peeling?--by the creator of the whimsical Play with Your Food--the "natural personalities" of produce are enhanced with black-eyed pea eyes and the occasional carved mouth--then photographed in vivid colors. One page reveals a wistful-looking poblano pepper being comforted by a cheerful red tomato, while another shows the amused, confused, frustrated, and surprised expressions of a green pepper, red pepper, orange, and apple. Adults and children alike will marvel at the range of expressions these fruits and vegetables possess--did you know just how many faces a kiwi could have? With simple rhymed text describing the emotions ("How are you when friends drop by?/ With someone new... a little shy?"), this appealing picture book is bound to spark discussion with young children. Parents can use it to talk about different emotions or to help children to identify and articulate their mood of the moment. Adults will just plain be amused. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Play with Your Food, LLC. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.) (Ages 2 to 6) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Photos of scowling oranges and gregarious scallions garnish this garden of delights from the creators of Play with Your Food. The recipe is simple and successful. Freymann and Elffers find a piece of "expressive produce" and attach two black-eyed peas for eyes. Without further ado, the veggie becomes a face, with a knobby stem or skinny root for a schnozzola; an upended mushroom has a hilarious piglike snout, while a kiwi fruit has a button nose. The animated groceries are exhibited, actual size or larger, against crisp hues of harvest gold, melon green or late-night-sky blue. Their groupings imply close relationships: lemons trade meaningful glances and a little onion cries. Meanwhile, the rhyming text draws comparisons between the emotive plants and its audience when it queries, "Wired? Tired? Need a kiss?/ Do you know anyone like this?" The plotless and largely superfluous narrative recommends expressing jealousy or affection ("When how you feel is understood,/ you have a friend, and that feels good"). It's a sentiment as healthy as an apple a day, but the book's real charm is derived from the almost-ready-made "sculptures"Aas an afterword calls them. This wish-I'd-thought-of-that compendium provides an excellent impetus for a craft session: the ingredients are cheap, and mistakes can be eaten as salad (if artists have the heart). All ages. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I would really recommend you get the rest of these books and enjoy them with your children!
A. Woodley
This is a fun picture book, kids love to look at the amazing things fruits and vegetables can be!
Jennifer N. French
The book is fun, and full of life with bright, vibrant colors that make you want to smile.
Kelly Hawkins

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Hawkins on July 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the parent of an emotionally disturbed foster daughter, I know first hand how necessary it is for young children to understand their emotions, whether positive or negative, and find appropriate outlets to express those emotions.
This beautiful book is a wonderful way to expose young children to the concept of emotions, and to help a youngster know there is a difference between "sad" and "tired" and "lonely". While the book does not always explain what those emotions mean, it presents the emotions with appropriate expressions that children themselves have held on their own faces. Tracing the down-turned "lips" of a vegetable, my daughter will say, "she's sad like I am sometimes". Then we talk about ways to express sadness/anger/frustration or whatever emotion the vegetable/fruit appears to be exhibiting. In this way, I think the book is a useful therapeutic tool for troubled children.
It's great for "normal" kids, too. The book is fun, and full of life with bright, vibrant colors that make you want to smile. In addition, there is produce in here that most kids have never heard of, let alone seen. I believe that a picky child will be more willing to try a "new" food that she has at least heard of before and seen a picture of, than if she had never heard of them. That has to be a healthy thing!
And lastly, this book isn't just for kids. I think it's a beautiful art book for people of all ages. I enjoy looking at the photos and trying to imagine how the item grew in just that way. Freyman is clever and artistic, and this book is as good as the previous ones.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
From the moment I opened this book I was in love. It is amazing how the artists transform ordinary fruits and vegetables into loveable and wildly different characters. The text is simple for a child to understand, and wonderfully written. If you're looking for a way to talk with your children about emotions, look no further. I read this book to my daughters preschool class and we loved it! I never thought a book could make me want to give an affectionate hug to a green pepper, but this one does! Buy it for every child you know. Heck, buy it for every adult you know too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ted Ficklen on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a really neat book, especially for early readers, or for pre-readers. Babies and kids love the The range of expression here out of a handful of vegetables is incredible. Its like seeing Jim Henson's Muppets for the first time. I'm going to have to buy one of these for myself--since I first checked it out of the Library last year, it has really become popular and now I have a hard time finding it! This is a simple idea beautifully rendered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My friend and I picked up this book in our local bookstore and could not stop laughing for an hour straight. The photography of these fruits and vegetables is so innovative and bizarre. At the turn of each colorful page, one finds an even more hilarious set of fruit faces.
The two of us, both teenagers, sat in the children's section and made up a false story to go with the bone-tickling pictures for quite some time. I would give this book to anyone and everyone if I had enough money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Freel on August 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and bought it for my children, 3 years and 18 months old. They love the pictures, and who wouldn't? It gives meaning to the word clever and it's message is valuable as well (although I will say it doesn't leave any emotion out, including shouting and yelling, which for some parents may be a concern as they may see it as encouraging tantrums) The one and only thing I don't like about this book, and it sounds weird, but the construction of it is not very good. We had it for only 2 months and my daughter accidentally stepped on it and all but 3 of the pages came out. But, for someone who has older children or just simply wants to give it as a gift...it's adorable you must trust me that you will love it, I just don't recommend it for toddlers, if you do buy it for a toddler, I'd keep it in safe place, away from little hands.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Armstrong on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best -- and funniest -- picture book this year. It is utterly delightful. Only problem is... I'll never be able to cut into a lemon or an onion again without seeing these funny faces! I'm giving this book to everyone on my Christmas list this year, adults and kids alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It would be hard for any adult or child to look through this book without smiling - a lot! Not to mention, it's a great way to discuss feelings with a young child. A meaningful topic presented in a whimsical way. Order this for the child in your life and the child in you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lalalalaura on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've given this book to 3 people: one 3 years old, one 34, one 53. They all loved it, the 3-year-old so much that one of her grandmother's friends has asked me to get another copy to give to HER grandson. It's just one of the most delightful things I've seen.
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