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The Vegetables We Eat Paperback – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421534
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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With so much national concern about child obesity and nutrition, this accessible, inviting introduction to vegetables, aimed at the picture-book crowd, is certainly timely. Following the tried-and-true formula found in her previous titles, Gibbons matches concise, simple text with bright, cheerful watercolor-and-ink artwork, and she adds more information in text boxes placed within the pictures. The facts range from the most basic ("It is good for us to eat vegetables. They are nutritious.") to the more advanced, such as a definition of hydroponics. Gibbons' survey is visually inclusive; the pictures show families of all shades enjoying vegetables in different ways. And the scenes in the garden, and then on the farm and at the supermarket, show both small- and large-scale production. A final page adds more interesting veggie trivia. For complementary titles about vegetables and how they're grown, pair this with George Ancona's Harvest (2001) and Deborah Kogan Ray's Lily's Garden (2002), as well as the books featured in "From Seed to Harvest," in the November 2006 issue of Book Links magazine. Engberg, Gillian --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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"A clear, informative introduction to eight groups of vegetables....A simple, effective approach to the topic." (School Library Journal ) --School Library Journal

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

Customer Reviews

Great book for our nonfiction unit.
Nancy Norath
A very good breakdown of the types and categories of veggies.
Christy Long
This book has beautiful illustration.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kyra on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Is big agricultural, otherwise known as "corporate farming" ([...] paying people like Gail Gibbons to write children's books? I do NOT recommend The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons. It is extremely entrenched in unintuitive, mediocre gardening techniques as well as several pages dedicated to big agriculture, soybeans and corn are big featured "vegetables" (corn is a grain) and how it takes big trucks to carry the vegetables many miles away from where they were grown and the large refrigerators that are required to store the food--not in a critical way, but as "the way it is". The vegetables that are in the book are typical of what you will find at a big box store; iceberg lettuce being the FEATURED leafy vegetable. If you are in education, a garden teacher or a parent, I highly recommend REMOVING this book from your book lists.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christy Long on January 27, 2011
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A very good breakdown of the types and categories of veggies. A bit over the head of my 3 year old who (ironically) loves vegetables. If the book had narrative about "how to grow veggies" and such, it would be better for his age and interest. But, as it stands, it's a cool book for a kid somewhere over 3 or 4. I learned a lot from it. Who knew a "fruit" was a category of vegetable? Not I!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 10, 2007
Format: School & Library Binding
Leaf, root and stem are three of the eight groups of vegetables and here are details about these groups, from how they're planted and harvested to the basics of tending a home vegetable garden and making use of produce. Drawings accompany facts and add lively embellishments to the story of everyday vegetables and their importance in diet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MySelfEvolution on September 30, 2013
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From reading the description and reviews I really thought the book explained why vegetables are good for you, with actual nutritional information (in a kid-friendly format). It doesn't. It also represents corn, which is a grain, as a vegetable and has a whole page dedicated to soybean. My family doesn't eat either for many reasons.

I do like the explanation of TYPES of vegetable families; root, leafy, etc. It includes seeding, planting and harvesting as well.

From a nutrition standpoint I just can't read it to my son promoting (in my opinion/research) caustic foods.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2010
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This book has beautiful illustration. I got it for my 9 year old niece as an easter gift along with some seeds and starter pots. I think it was age appropriate for a 9 year old. I thought it might get her interested in eating veggies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Sherman on May 31, 2010
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Wonderful drawings to spend time over and look at. A great asset to the book shelf when we were studying plants and seeds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Norath on April 8, 2014
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Great book for our nonfiction unit. Kids loved it and it was easy to understand. Great book to buy for your class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carla Boster on December 9, 2013
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Suitable for use in a teaching/reading situation. This gives young children a look at vegetables they might not know about.
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