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I Like Fruit: Petit Collage Board book – July 13, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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About the Author

Lorena Siminovich grew up in Argentina. She has written and illustrated several children’s books, including ALEX AND LULU: TWO OF A KIND, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. She is currently working on new titles in the Petit Collage series in her studio in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: Petit Collage
  • Board book: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Mus Brdbk edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648039
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Carson on May 5, 2011
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Sometimes it feels as though the makers of baby board books just went to some clipart database or knock-off Disney catalog for illustrations. Not so here!

I love the creative collage style illustrations in this book, so it is a pleasure for me to read -- which is good, because my daughter (17 mo) likes it so well that we read it many times every day! She loves the cutouts with textured pieces. She has learned to say her colors reading this book. Though there aren't many words, it's fun to play the "where is the raspberry?" game "Can you show me an apple?" Identifying things this way is new to my daughter, so it's a fun game and good learning.

This book would be entirely appropriate to read with even the youngest baby. Though infants tend to fixate on images of faces, as soon as your baby is old enough to like texture and color, he will like this book.

For an inconsequential nitpick: I wish that the fruit at the end (fruit salad picture) didn't have a somehow pit-less peach and plum! It doesn't make me like the book less, I just wish that it didn't show the flesh going all the way to the center. Makes the peach pieces look more like persimmon. Oh well! That really doesn't matter when all the pictures have been so delightfully put together. Even on the glossy board-book page, the textures and variations in the original collage work come through. Such a fun exercise in illustration and modern design!

I just bought the vegetable one and expect to like it just as well.
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We received "I like fruit" at our baby shower and it was a hit from the beginning! She didn't start touching the textures until 5 or 6 months, and then around 8 months she figured out how to turn the pages and it became even more fun! Thankfully these are high quality board books perfect for little hands, and have held up better than several others (as we have read them over and over...and over again!). We now own "I like vegetables" and "I like bugs" as well. I love the art and textures in all the books. I also love how they are short and sweet, but can become easy topics for learning conversations (ie. colors, numbers, etc.). Because I speak another language, I often read the first time in English and the second time in the other language (it's easy to do because the books are not too wordy). I would recommend any in the series as they are a big hit at our house, but "I like fruit" is my favorite, and "I like bugs" is her favorite.

"I like fruit" focuses on colors: red, green, yellow, orange, blue and purple, with all the fruit included on the last page.
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While I love Petit Collage as a general rule, and Lorena Siminovich's illustrations, this book fails as a touch and feel book. The touch elements are nearly all the same texture, and even with the slight variations, are barely discernible because they feel like smooth board book paper....which is what the rest of the book is! So, if you just want it for the bright pictures and teaching different kinds of common fruits, it may be for you. But as a touch and feel book for children who love different textures (enter my baby), this falls short of the mark.
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This book starts out well but tapers off on the last two pages. At first the book dedicates two pages to each color. The left page has four blocks, one with the solid color and its name and the other three blocks with a fruit of that color. The right page has one large, textured image of a fruit of the same color. The textures are not exceptional (bumps, smooth plastic, felt, more bumps, and holes punched with shiny color underneath). The red, green, yellow, and orange pages follow the basic format and are a simple way to see the color and name some fruits - not too busy but still with a variety to look at in the designs. The book seems to be cut short, though, as the last two pages mash the colors blue and purple together on one side and have a fruit bowl of all the colors on the other side, losing the flow of the book and seeming like a rushed ending. I like the simple, consistent flow of the book up until the last two pages, and the textures are decent although not extraordinarily interesting. Overall, this is a nice book, and the construction is solid. There are no more than four words to a page (basically one color and three fruit names on one side and just the textured picture on the other side), so this book is nice for multilingual families to use to talk about colors and fruits. The artistic way the pages are put together reminds me a little of a patchwork quilt. I took one star off for lack of variety in the textures and one star off for the mish-mash on the last pages, but otherwise this is a nice board book for teaching colors and fruits.
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My 1 yr old son loves this book. It uses fruits to teach children colors. The "touch and feel" description might be confusing to parents familiar with the touch and feel book series which offer very imaginative pages with yarn, feathers, fur, etc. This is a much softer and gentler version with fabrics and paper textures. This is calming and alluring, not catchy and bright. We bought others in her series!
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