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1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Juana Medina's ingenious illustrations nearly pop off the page in her new counting book, ONE BIG SALAD. One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten watercress seahorses swim onto the scene - all of the ingredients in one big salad!

Medina's previous book with Viking, SMICK!, introduced her to the children's book world, and now s
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Sara Grochowski
One of my favorite picture books of Summer 2016. At first glance, this is a fun counting book. Different vegetables, fruits, and even nuts are scattered over pages, then doodled over to create sweet and simple animals, increasing in number as the book progresses. The book also introduces little readers to a variety of different healthy ingredients, like radishes, cucumbers, and romaine. Combine all of these elements - radicchio lions to clementine kitties - and you'll find yourself with "one big ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-50-stars
3.5 stars The food concept, cute, the photography was fun, are kids going to love this book? not sure, but it sure makes me want some avocado!
Viviane Elbee
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This counting book doubles as a recipe for salad and young chefs can help you prepare this salad.

We really enjoyed the illustrations though, and the kids had lots of comments about how the vegetables looked like different animals. They also sometimes suggested other animals that the vegetable could have been - for example, they felt carrots could have been giraffes, and turned into long necks.

Very quick read, perfect for toddlers & preschoolers. Young elementary students might enjoy it too, espe
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A picture book that integrates photos of vegetables with thick bold lines to create animals? Yes please. The combination of whimsical illustrations, simple text, and the concept of counting has convinced me to use this title in toddler storytime.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a cute and creative book about making a salad. Each element of the salad becomes an animal. We start with one avocado deer and end with ten mandarin orange slice cats. My favorite is the eight walnut birds though. And the author even provides a recipe for salad dressing at the end. I thought this was clever. Toddlers would enjoy it as a read-aloud though I'm not sure the pictures would be clear enough to see in a storytime setting. A fun way to count and encourage eating salad! ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: counting and vegetable requests
A simple counting book for all those vegetable requests. Might intrigue a picky or skeptical eater into trying a salad since all the parts of the salad are drawn to be various animals...

Used in lap time since mail delivery was suspended for the Holiday weekend and it went over fairly well.
Emily Scheinman
One of my favorite picture books of 2016 for preschool and lower elementary. Will inspire high does of laughter and creativity.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 123-s
A delightful mix of photographs of fruit and vegetables and simple illustrations that will certainly encourage the most picky eater to eat healthier.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
fun way to count and talk about healthy food. the illustrations are fun, h liked the 10 clementine kitties and the 6 cucumber alligators
Alyssa Kleiner
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: 1 Big Salad

Author and Illustrator: 
Juana Medina

Genre: Counting Book

Theme(s): Counting, Food, Animals, Picture Book

Opening line/sentence: 
1 one avocado deer, 2 two radish mice, 3 three pepper monkeys, 4 four carrot
Brief Book Summary: This book is a counting book using a combination of food and drawing to form
an animal, each time growing in number for the child to count.

Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
• Amy Seto Forrester (School Library Journal)
Mama Bibliosoph
When I first flipped through 1 Big Salad, I was skeptical. Sure, it has an ingenious premise for a concept counting book; photos of salad ingredients are digitally incorporated with illustrated elements to form whimsical animals! Five Tomato Turtles? Hilarious! Six Cucumber Alligators? Brilliant! ...But radicchio or radishes? Those are some pretty obscure vegetables for a little kid.

But the concept won in the end. My sons are intrigued enough by the "Nine Romaine Dogs" that they humor me when I
Isaac Reuben
1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina is a delightful picture book that tastefully combines animal drawings, counting, fruits, and vegetables!! Readers will not only learn to count while being introduced to a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables, but they will undoubtedly enjoy how the author/illustrator uniquely transforms the fresh produce into absolutely adorable animal renderings. For example, there are two cute “radish mice” and seven cunning “radicchio lions”!! I also ...more
Megan Garrison
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Copyright- 2016
Number of Pages-22
Book format-hardcover, paper
Reading Level-PreK-2
Genre- Fiction
Lit. Requirement- Counting Book-1

This was a fun counting book! It was a counting book up to 10 using vegetables and fruits with animals. Each number was paired with a animal and food such as, "One avocado deer". All of the drawing were black and looked sketched like stick figures. The background on every page was white and the only color was from the food and the black from the animals. Also all of the
Macy Crump
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This fun counting book is an interesting way to discuss healthy foods and habits. The illustrations in this picture book are very large, and as the numbers increase they begin to fill up more of the page. I also liked how every vegetable or healthy food was also associated with an animal. It makes the illustrations more exciting and visually pleasing, but it also helps young readers better understand foods that may be unfamiliar to them. For example, they understand the shape of a dog, and throu ...more
Maddy Andrews
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
For my counting book, I chose another book by Juana Medina called 1 Big Salad. I really enjoyed this book as a whole, and I think the illustrations were the best part. Like her other book that I read, ABC Pasta, she incorporates real pictures of the foods and has her illustrations compliment the foods. For example, my favorite illustration was the 3 pepper monkeys. Their arms and tails were swinging all over the page and it was really interesting to the eye. At the end, all of the ingredient cre ...more
Ames Public Library Youth Services
In this book, Medina takes real pictures of delicious salad ingredients and makes them into animals, whether it's one avocado deer or five tomato turtles. The photographs are yummy looking and the doodles are hilarious, with tons of white space so that the drawings and salad ingredients shine. This would be a great way to introduce some new foods to children (and adults).

In the end, all the ingredients have lost their doodles and they are instead in a beautiful bowl of salad. Keep reading to the
Jo Oehrlein
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, picture-books
Count 1-10 using the contents of one big salad.

Each page shows the number word, the number, and then objects made from photos of the salad fixings with "additions" made in black sharpie.

So, we have one avocado deer, where the deer is drawn around the avocado head and two radish mice where the radishes are the mouse bodies.

Not a fan of the 6 crocodile page because there are 2 slices of cucumber on every crocodile, so it confuses the numbers a bit.
Laura Giessler
I like 2 things best about the possibilities for this book: 1) prediction--once you get the number + veggie + animal pattern (not entirely consistent), emergent readers can predict the text; and 2) Young writers and illustrators can use this as a mentor text to write and draw their own books/pages.
Jim Erekson
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
As a preschool concept book, I enjoyed her play with the shapes of the food by drawing pictures on the images of foods. She didn't go with really obvious shapes for many of the animals--I thought the horses and alligators were hilarious! I was also pulled in by how the images were arranged randomly on white. A nice counting book. ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a very short book with not a lot of content. I don't tend to like just straight counting books that don't have a little story around them to supplement the counting. It would be difficult to determine an age range for this book as I feel younger children would only understand the counting (and then why not just count?) and older children would get bored with it. ...more
Emily Lisowski
A super cute and clever idea for a book. Not only does it teach counting by adding ingredients to a salad. It also introduces the concept of both animals and vegetables as well. A very enjoyable and also educational book to use in the classroom.
Pat Mills
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Delicious looking. The single ink line drawing additions are clever and creative and add life and personality. This is what Picture Book synergy is all about. Essential in daycares and drawing classes everywhere.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super cute idea - a counting book within a recipe! (But I personally could've done without the mice!) :-) ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute. I've seen this on recommended storytime lists, but I'm not sure I could make it work for my style. Might be worth a try, though. ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2016-list
Fun and imaginative use of fruits and vegetables! Items are clear and easy to count, a great book to share with a child learning their numbers or vegetables!
Annie Watkins
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute book but that salad looks disgusting.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A counting book that features food as animals. Imaginative but I prefer the food-as-animals art in the Freyman/Elffers books (Dog Food, Baby Food, etc.) to the cartoon drawings in this one.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: libs642
This book is a concept boy. This book teaches the concepts of counting. I thought the illustrations were exceptional in 1 Big Salad.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal, picture, counting
Veggies with drawing to look like animals and counting.
Ashley Salisbury
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this counting book. It's very creative and full of twists you don't expect. I especially loved the artwork: simple and childlike and fun. ...more
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Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Smick! by Doreen Cronin and the author-illustrator of One Big Salad. Juana Medina has studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and now teaches at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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