Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
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Rah, rah, radishes, red and white!
Carrots are calling. Take a bite!
Oh boy, bok choy, Brussels sprout.
Broccoli! Cauliflower! Shout it out!

Know any kids who don't like veggies? Here is a book that's sure to change their hungry minds! With a raucous rhyming text, Rah, Rah Radishes celebrates fresh vegetables, nature's bright colors, and the joy of healthy eating. The book...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Beach Lane Books
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Lizzie
If you read the title and refrain to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", you'll life will change for the better. "Rah, Rah Radishes..." Actually sing the whole book that way.
Richie Partington
30 October 2011 RAH, RAH RADISHES! A VEGETABLE CHANT by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane Books, June 2011, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-2141-7

"Call any vegetable, call it by name
You gotta call one today when you get off the train.
Call any vegetable and the chances are good
Yeah, yea-ah-ey!
That the vegetable will respond to you."
-- Frank Zappa

"Oh boy, bok choy!
Brussels sprout.
Broccoli. Cauliflower.
Shout it out!"

This year I got turned on to collard greens. A six-pack of seedlings planted in our garden hav...more
Kathleen Whitaker
The book "Rah, Rah, radishes!", by April Pulley Sayre, won the "Eureka! Gold Award", (2011). I agree, this is definitely an award winning book. Besides the crispy-rhyming verse format, the
vibrant pictures of the vegetables are powerful identification tools. The variety of vegetables illustrated will enable young readers from ages 3 on up secondary school. The book is a primary book suitable for PreK-3rd, however, because there is so much variety, older students and adults can learn also. The gr...more
Franki Sibberson
A fun chant--young kids will have fun with this one. Great photos!
David
Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre is a cheerful chant about a wide variety of vegetables with photographs of each.

The text is a clever rhyming chant using the names of the vegetables pictured. Several chants are alliteratively appealing: "Rah, rah, radishes," "Oh boy, bok choy," "Hola, habanero!" "Celebrate celery. Give a cheer!" and "Root for rutabagas". The last page gives the definition for vegetables, advises that a healthy diet has a lot of different natural color...more
Lisa Mckay
This book uses rhyming and song to explore over forty-five different vegetables! It reviews the characteristics of common vegetables and introduces new ones too. Rah Rah Radish talks about the color of radish and the smell of peppers. As well as, challenges readers to try different vegetables that they may not know such as zucchini and garlic.

I would recommend this book as a read aloud for grades K-1st. At this age students are learning a lot about their senses. Using rhyme and song engages you...more
Chelsea
Sayre, April P. Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2011. Print. 32 p.
Young children will discover vegetables in this fun and simple book. Vibrant colors on the pages along with in the photographs of various vegetables accompany a “vegetable chant”. A poem picture book format is used intended to be read to a beat. Photographs of carrots, cabbages, bok choy, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussells sprouts, green beans, lettuce, and other vegetables, familiar and...more
Barbara
I'm particuarly fond of veggies, growing them, eating them, gazing at them with admiration in the grocery store. This wonderful rhyming book really caught my eye with it's colorul photographs and fun rhyming text. It would be great to use in a pre-school unit on food or even in grades k-2 as a read aloud. It's chock full of great vocabulary words to discuss. You could do all sorts of activities with shapes, colors and numbers with Rah, Rah, Radishes! by April Pulley Sayer.
Mike
Want to punch up a visit to the farmers' market or garden? This is a great book to help get your little one excited about discovering the joys of vegetables. With bright, intense colors and vibrant prose, this homage to healthy eating is a multi-sensory pleasure. Most times that we read it, my son nearly falls out of my lap with glee.

This review and more like it available at http://bibliopapa.blogspot.com/2014/0...
Gina
Rah Rah Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre is a great story that makes vegetables fun and exciting for kids. The rhyming and rhythm for the book make it hard to resist reading along. Also, the real pictures of the colorful vegetables make it easy to identify the specific vegetable. This is a great read to make vegetables fun for kids!
Katherine Komazec
Rah Rah Radishes in my opinion wasn't very exciting. I found it a little boring. However, they're were good parts about the book. I liked that the pictures had the prices of the vegetables in them so the book could make math connections in a classroom. I also liked that it tried to make vegetables exciting for children.
Amy Rae
Vegetables are great! I love them a lot! But if you're going to sell your text as a chant, it ought to be more rhythmically consistent than this one is. The text just doesn't scan that well, and that throws off my enjoyment.

The pictures are okay, but in general, I'm really not a fan of photography in picture books.
Tasha
Get into the summer veggie crunching mood with this book that celebrates vegetables of all sorts!

Rah, rah, radishes! Red and white.

Carrots are calling. Take a bite.

Oh boy, bok choy! Brussels sprout.

Broccoli. Cauliflower. Shout it out!

With a rhythm that is great fun and contagious, this book will have even the most dubious children cheering for vegetables too.

Sayre pairs her rhymes with bright photographs of vegetables from farmer’s markets. The freshness is apparent as is the abundance. It’s a...more
Mary
This is a great book for kids who are learning about vegetables. The chanting/rhyming way the book is written makes it fun and accessible to young children. Maybe it will also make the veggies fun for them to eat! The pictures are vibrant and are a great segue into gardening and farmer's market season.
Barbara
Pairing upclose photographs of crisp, clean, yummy vegetables with rhyming text celebrating their virtues, this book really does clamor to be read or chanted out loud. Sayre has selected some common vegetables such as carrots, corn, radishes, and potatoes as her featured consumables, but she also stretches diners' choices by suggesting bok choy, kohlrabi, eggplant, and zucchini. With veggies this appealing, parents won't have to ask their children to eat their vegetables more than once. Back mat...more
Peacegal
This is a wonderful, fun book filled with big, colorful photos of a huge variety of fresh veggies for sale at a farm stand.

It's terribly sad when kids don't eat veggies and are led to believe that vegetables are yucky or gross. Hopefully this fine book will dispel some of the myths and fears about trying new foods.
Betsy
Nice, large photographs combined with chant-like text celebrates all sorts of vegetables. This is a very fun book, and a terrific example of a well-done concept book. Preschoolers will enjoy it, but so will elementary school kids.
Kris
Healthy eating is a topic on lots of minds. Here's a simple rhyming book chock-full of colorful photos of vegetables. I love that Sayre shows Brussels sprouts growing on the stalk, and pea pods split open to show the peas inside - so many of us are used to frozen vegetables that we forget how they actually grow. This would be fun to use in a healthy eating unit. Read this to kids, and make sure you have on hand fresh vegetables for kids to taste and graph preferences. Use your digital camera to...more
Becky
A rollicking, rhyming chant gets kids excited about vegetables! The pictures, which show all of the veggies in the chant, are beautiful!
Teresa
It's not my favorite book by April, but it is fun for little ones, and anything that makes veggies appealing to kids is okay by me.
Beth
What a breath of fresh air this picture book is! With bold, colorful photographs and a fun, memorable chant as an ode to vegetables, kids are sure to get their mouths watering and asking for some broccoli for dinner with this fun, accessible picture book.

After watching the first season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution a couple years ago and watching in horror and heartbreak as a classroom full of young children couldn't even recognize the simplest of vegetables, it's high time we get books lik...more
Sarah Lo
Love it! The rhyming and chanting are great early literacy practices, and the bright pictures and fun vocabulary make it a great storytime choice.
Stephanie Sapp
Love the vibrant photographs, should add this one to my library.
Elvira
Great colorful pictures with rhyming vegetable phrases!
Laura
Man, I love my farmers' market and April Pulley Sayre's book captures the beauty of the veggies I see on my Sunday market visits. With enthusiasm and brilliant color, this book really is a cheer for vegetables. This is a great choice to use with healthy eating units and it will be a great fit with a short unit that I use with my Kindergarten students.

Recommended for preschool and kindergarten students. A warning though -- there are a LOT of vegetables in this book and many readers, even adults,...more
Camille
Not really sure if this would make a great storytime book where I currently work, since the kids wouldn't know half the foods listed, but it would definitely be fun if I had a bag of veggies nearby to pull from as you read along. But that's really besides the point...I think this book is a fun way to introduce veggies to kids. Quite frankly I want memorize the rant/song-if-you-please so I can prance up and down the aisles of a farmer's market in my own veggie-loving frenzy!
Robin
I admit I was dubious. Rhymes about vegetables? Really? Though when I saw April Pulley Sayre's name, I knew I had to take a look. And it's wonderful! Brilliant up close photos of veggies, an infectious chant, maybe it will also inspire kids to take another look at those veggies on their plate, or to demand them when they see them at the famer's market. Love the language too: "Hola, habenero! Jalapeno, serrano!" Trust me, you'll end up bouncing for beets too!
Jen
This was an excellent book with realistic photography that would allow any reader the ability to recognize the many vegetables showcased in this book. Unfortunately, on some pages multiple vegetables are listed or are in the picture and if a person is not familiar with the vegetables they might be confused which is which. This was probably the only way to highlight such a breadth of vegetables though. Great rhyme too!
Marissa Garcia
Celebrate the power of vegetables with this fun photo showcase! Say hi to the familiar, your carrots and broccoli. Then meet tons of not-so-familiar veggies, like rutabaga, Kohlrabi, shallot, or Swiss chard! A wonderful, brightly photographed non-fiction option for you to include in your gardening or mealtime storytimes, this book would also suit your younger set very well, as its shorter text lends itself well to storytime.
midnightfaerie
Our whole family had fun with this one! I grew up summers on my grandfather's vegetable farm and knew most of these, and it brought back some fun memories. It was fun quizzing my husband on all the veggies he didn't know and teaching my kids about all the veggies they hadn't tried! It got them interested in trying some new ones. Younger and older children will enjoy this one.
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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual persp...more
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