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Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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“Sayre follows up her salute to vegetables (Rah, Rah, Radishes!, 2011) with this rousing chant in favor of fruit.
“Rah, rah, raspberries! / Go, go, grapes! / Savor the flavors. / Find fruity shapes!” With these staccato rhythms and cheerleading words, Sayre sets the stage for one long chant that will have kids clamoring for a fruit snack. Going well beyond (but including) the standard apple, orange, banana, grapes and berries, she entices readers with such exotics as tamarillo, kiwano, guava, rambutan, currant, durian and the wonderfully named dragon fruit. In piles, baskets and boxes brimming with fruit, Sayre shows off the colors and textures, yet she does not shy away from depicting even those specimens that are not completely perfect…. Taken primarily at farmer’s markets, mom-and-pop stores and fruit stands and often including hand-lettered signs proclaiming their farm of origin, her photographs send a subtle message to support local farmers and businesses…. Ah, would that readers could pluck Sayre’s art right off the page and savor its juiciness….even picky eaters are sure to be tempted.”
—Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2012
“This companion to Sayre’s Rah, Rah, Radishes! (S & S, 2011) introduces another important food group. Short, catchy rhyming phrases line nearly full-page photos of fruits…. The rhythm of the text and the size of the images make this book a good choice for sharing with a group…. The book ends with a page on fruit facts and a spread of fruit faces proclaiming: “Fruit is fun!” Kids are bound to agree.”
—School Library Journal, June 2012
“A companion to Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant (2011), Sayre’s newest incantation is a
mouthwatering paean to fruit—from such usual suspects as blueberries and strawberries to more exotic tangelos, tamarillos, durians, persimmons, and kiwanos. Along with enjoying the simple rhymes'
pounding, elemental rhythms (“Figs are fabulous. / Currants call. / Love a lychee— / Fruit eyeball!”),
young audiences can feast their eyes on a set of large, intensely colored close-up photos of each fruit in,
usually, temptingly heaped-up grocery displays. Closing with a giggle-inducing spread of sliced-fruit
smiley faces followed by a final note on fruit’s natural functions and nutritional value, this will not only
forcibly turn storytime into snack time, but should also be a hit whether read alone or aloud, before or after any meal.”
— Booklist, July 1, 2012
"The infectiously joyful cadence of the chants and the enticingly photographed fruits and vegetables guarantee bouncing and clapping along with probably demands for repeated readings (and possibly trips to the nearest farmer's market). While featuring the ubiquitous (carrots, corn, apples), Sayre's paeans to produce also capture the deliciously unfamiliar (kohlrabi, rambutan, mangosteen), and might be the first step to children's healthy eating." (School Library Journal, December 2012)
About the Author
April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural history books for children and adults, including Vulture View, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, which won a 2008 Geisel Honor. April and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure. Visit her online at aprilsayre.com.
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The pictures are beautiful and vibrant - a lot are taken at various farm stands and markets so you get a glimpse of other fruits that may not be mentioned on that particular page which is fine with me - it peaks the kids interest. And the chant is super cute and fun to read. I liked this story so much I ordered a copy of this one and the veggies one for our Montessori school - I know it'll be a favorite there too. Kudos to this author for finding a way to get kids excited about fruit!