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Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z Paperback – August 27, 1993
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About the Author
LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Bad: Not much benefit over the smaller board book. Doesn't hold a candle to the hardcover
Overall: I would rather buy the smaller sized board book. If you child can handle it without destroying, get the hardcover bc that has a couple more phrases, but most importantly has a collage of all the fruit and vegetables as well as a glossary. I wish I knew that before purchasing this book. It now sits around our house useless bc it's too big and the additional hardcover book features is what my child is really after.
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!
We have fun saying the letter names on each page as we read through the book, and also making the letter sounds, and then talking about which vegetables have that sound at the beginning of their name. That doesn't work when it comes to "J", though. The foods there are "Jalapeno" and "Jicama"..."h" sounds.
All in all, a very satisfying book for my little one. He liked it at 3 months, and still loves it at 9 months.
My kids are almost 3 and 4.5, and they love ABC books and other Lois Ehlert books, so this holds their interest. I think most kids would sit and listen to an adult read each word closer to age 5 or 6. If I had a 1-3 year old, I would just give them the book to look through. The colors and shapes are enough at that age. A 3-4 year old could point to ones and ask, "What's that?" Or have fun identifying favorite foods in the book. But perhaps don't try reading it front to back until the child expresses clear interest.