Reviews for Eating the Alphabet : Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Although boldly designed and attractively produced, this lap-size board-book edition of Ehlert's imaginative alphabet book lacks the informative framework of the original (glossary, pronunciation guide, etc.) and, with words like [cf2]xigua[cf1] and [cf2]jicama[cf1], is surely above the heads of its intended audience. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
Although boldly designed and attractively produced, this board-book edition of Ehlert's imaginative alphabet book lacks the informative framework of the original (glossary, pronunciation guide, etc.) and, with words like [cf2]xigua[cf1] and [cf2]jicama[cf1], is surely above the heads of its intended audience. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1989 March #2
``Apple to Zucchini, / come take a look. / Start eating your way / through this alphabet book.'' So begins this delectable feast of fruits and vegetables, in a diverse and plentiful array. Each turn of the page reveals a mouth-watering arrangement of foods: Indian corn, jalapeno, jicama, kumquat, kiwifruit and kohlrabi. The words are shown in capital and lowercase letters set in bold type for easy reading. At the end of the book, Ehlert provides a detailed glossary that includes pronunciation, botanical information, the origin and history of the particular plant and occasional mythological references, with a small watercolor picture to remind the reader of what the plant looks like. Ehlert's glorious watercolor collages are lively and enticing; as in her Growing Vegetable Soup , she presents the plant world in an appealing and easily accessible manner. Both parents and children will be encouraged to sample exotic new foods at mealtime. Ages 3-5. (Mar.) Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1989 May
PreS-Gr 1-- Brilliant, vibrant watercolor collages portray fruits and vegetables that start with each letter of the alphabet. The objects depicted, shown against a white ground, are easily identifiable for the most part, and represent the more common sounds of the letter shown. (Only ``J'' jalapeno, jicama falls short of this criterion.) The problem letter ``X'' is cleverly handled with ``xigua''--the Chinese name for watermelon. Both upper- and lower-case letters are printed in large, black type. A nice added touch is the glossary which includes the pronunciation and interesting facts about the origin of each fruit and vegetable, how it grows, and its uses. An exuberant, eye-catching alphabet book that's sure to be popular with parents, teachers, and youngsters. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.

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