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One Little Spoonful (Harper Growing Tree) Board book – August 21, 2001

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reS-"One little spoonful/for your toes./One little spoonful/for your nose" begins this delightful picture book for toddlers. The simple rhyming text and bright, cheerful watercolors softly outlined in pencil playfully depict the interaction between a mother and child at mealtime and the mess that's created. Eventually, they both become covered with food when the baby spits it everywhere and Mom is seen running to the scene with a big wet sponge and dish towel. The story ends with a final, neater spoonful and a burp, and the two heading off for some play. Filled with humor and action, this book is sure to hold the attention of wee ones.

Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY

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Ages 6 mos.-2 yrs. Food and mess and play are the center of the fun in this Harper Growing Tree reader. Mom chants a simple rhyme as she feeds baby in the highchair ("One little spoonful for your toes / One little spoonful for your nose") and baby touches toes, nose, tum, and eyes, on baby, on the toy monkey, and on Mom. Then baby's had enough and spits and spills. There's a hug and a burp, and it's time to play. Aliki's lively colored-pencil double-page spreads are bright and clear, with lots of white space to set off the details that a one-year-old can point to and talk about with an adult. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Harper Growing Tree
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694015024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694015023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,714,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Aliki is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children that are treasured by readers all over the world. Her many well-loved titles include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, Tabby, and Those Summers. Aliki lives near the Globe theater, in London, England.

In Her Own Words..."Aliki grew up in Philadelphia in a big Greek family where everyone was busy creating and sharing their activities. She knew from the time she was in kindergarten that she wanted to bean artist, although music was also a natural talent. She was encouraged throughout her early life by her parents and by teachers she will never forget."She graduated from the Philadelphia Collegeof Art and started a career in advertising art. After she married Franz Brandenberg, Aliki continued her career in his country, Switzerland, where they lived for three years. It was there that she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of William Tell, which was published in England. When they moved to New York, Aliki wrote and illustrated My Five Senses--the book that changed the direction of her career and her life.

Although she had never thought of being a writer, Aliki has been making books ever since. Children's books, she says, are a combination of two things I love: words and pictures. I also love the privacy of books--both reading them and making them. Aliki writes fiction, in which she can express her feelings, and nonfiction research books about subjects she's interested in and wants to know more about. Each book is a new challenge; each is different, she says. The subject directs the way I illustrate a book, the same way friends bring out different parts of us. The challenge is to get the words right and then to make pictures that expand and enhance their meaning.""Besides her own books, Aliki has illustrated many written by Franz Brandenberg and other authors. Her two children are also in the arts. Jason is a filmmaker and Alexa is a children's book author-illustrator. They appear in almost all of her books as cats, mice, or themselves.

Aliki loves music, theater, cinema, museums, children, her cat, Nefertiti, and working in her garden in London, where she lives. She travels frequently to the U.S., Greece, Switzerland, and other parts of the world, though most of the time she is alone in her studio with the books she is working on--and Mozart."

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Lin on December 29, 2001
Format: Board book
This book rubbed me the wrong way. The book depicts a mother spoonfeeding her child and cajoling her to eat with a rhyme as she goes. Then in the dramatic climax of the book, the child throws food around and and apparently also vomits. I can't imagine that the author intended the picture to depict vomit. I think she just wanted to evoke the feeling of a big mess. But, the picture shows green material ejecting from the child's mouth, and the last spoonful the child was fed was not green. So where did this green stuff come from? The apron clad mother happily cleans up the mess, and with a huge smile goes back to shoveling food in.
Aside from unstimulating in it's own right, I found that this book clashes with my parenting style. I try to avoid pressuring and cajoling my son to eat. He knows when he has had enough. I also believe in allowing a child to self-feed as early as possible. The child in the book was walking already, and thus should have been capable of happily feeding herself with her hands and experimenting with a spoon (That would make a much more interesting book).
Both the passive (or passive aggressive?) baby and the servile mom depicted in this book are models that I don't wish to reinforce for my child.
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Checked this out from the library and my two year old loves it. It is easy to read and has colorful, expressive pictures that are interesting to look at, even the 16th time in a row. I plan to use it with my 2 year old class to teach/ introduce the idea of "One". My 2 year old quickly caught on to holding up her "1" finger with each "one more" spoonful. Nothing earth-shattering, but a pleasant read showing a positive mother-child interaction.
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By Susan B. on April 28, 2003
Format: Board book
Aliki is a fantastic author/illustrator, and has written numerous quality picture books for children. "One Little Spoonful" is no exception. it's a humorous and heart warming story about the adventures of feeding a little one.
The colorful artwork is done in bright pastels that come off the page. Overall, a very charming book to read for both parents and kids.
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