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Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem

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This poem counts up to ten different kinds of Caribbean fruit, including guavas, jackfruit, and Otaheiti apples.
Library Binding, 32 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Henry Holt & Company (first published September 29th 1997)
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Megan
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite poetry book. It is such a fun and engaging read!
Alice Nachir
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Fruits' is a brilliant, brightly illustrated poetry book written cleverly by Valerie Bloom and beautifully illustrated by David Axtell. The book consists of 10 short poems about 10 Caribbean fruits. The poems are written creatively and with rhyme. Not only are children able to learn about fruit from the poems, they get to see very vibrant illustrations that represent the lively Caribbean island. The poems also contain entertaining spurts of humour: “Three sweet-sop, well I jus' might give one o ...more
Amy Barrett
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book. A fantastic way to introduce culture and different food types into a class room. The different types of fruit could be used as props so they are able to experience the fruits from within the poem. Due to the structure of the language would be read more smoothly in a Caribbean accent if read to a whole class, could lead to parents being invited in to read books from their childhood to the class. A really lovely book for Lower KS1.
Christina Reid
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vibrantly-illustrated poem that introduces Caribbean fruit and dialect, with a humorous ending. Would be great to get a hold of some of the fruit mentioned to really bring this to life for your kids/pupils!
3.5 stars.
Panagiota
Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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My notes: 10 Caribbean fruits are the basis of the short poems. They are written creatively and rhyme. Not only do we learn about fruit, but see very colorful illustrations that represent the lively island.
Bhargavi Balachandran
Picked this one as an addition to my collection o picture books from around the world. The narrative couldn't sustain LO's interest, but I loved it! illustrations are simply beautiful!
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Sep 15, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Américas Honorable Mention 1997.
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Valerie Bloom MBE (born 1956) is a Jamaican-born poet and a novelist based in the UK.

Born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, Bloom moved to England in 1979. She attended the University of Kent at Canterbury and earned an honours degree, and was later awarded an honorary Masters degree. She has been living in Kent ever since.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 N
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