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Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
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Dec 05, 09

bookshelves: juvenile, picture-books
Read in November, 2009

Different kinds of fruits and vegetables, from apples to zucchini, are used to illustrate the ABCs.

The use of brightly colored paper and watercolors make the fruits and vegetables practically jump off the page. Each entry is presented in both upper and lower case ("Aa—ARTICHOKE—artichoke"). Backgrounds are empty and white, putting the focus on the minimal text and colorful illustrations. A glossary in the back provides more information on the wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

The repeated words and letters, as in the "Aa" example above, are a nice touch for readers just learning their ABCs, but some of the more exotic fruits and vegetables might be a bit hard for younger readers to pronounce (jicama, kohlrabi, and endive, for instance). However, the exposure to so many appealingly illustrated foods could entice readers to be more aware of multicultural foods.
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