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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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Beach Lane Books
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Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, food, vocab
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.
Franki Sibberson
A fun chant--young kids will have fun with this one. Great photos!
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Edward Sullivan
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Instilling a lifelong love of farmer's marketing.

The genius thing about this book is that the couplets start on the right-hand page and finish on the left-hand.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great for toddlers to preschoolers!
Rachel Coleman
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
"Rah, Rah, Radishes!" by April Sayre is such a cute book that talks about vegetables and the different types. This whole book is a chant and really engages the readers. I think this is a great book to read to your children who do not like vegetables. I feel like this will help them like vegetables more. I recommend reading this book, especially at home to your kids!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
great pictures and words I can't pronounce! :-)
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable! An ode to veggies. Of course you end up talking in chant even after reading it, and it names veggies you don't even think about!
Lisa Mckay
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Christine Gumina
The color photographs of many different types of vegetables are an excellent way to activate children's prior knowledge of this food as well as get them to learn about new vegetables they may not be familiar with. The end includes factual information about the difference between fruits and vegetables and how it can differ from everyday language and a scientist's point of view as well as an interesting historical tidbit about why the U.S. Supreme Court declared the tomato a vegetable in 1893. It ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This poem about produce would serve as a great introduction to a healthy eating unit, or a primary grade botany unit. Using photographs of the produce the author took at a farmer's market, she illustrates a light rhyming text various vegetables, some that will be familiar to young readers and others that will not. At the end is a one-page end note about what qualifies something as a vegetable as opposed to a fruit. I learned from that end note how the whole tomato fruit vs. vegetable debate stem ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
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
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
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-lit
This is a book chant about all the different kinds of vegetables. It shows normal vegetables like tomatoes and radishes but also tells about vegetables like zucchini and eggplant. It tells what each vegetable is called like an ear of corn.
I liked this book because of its rhyming, and its colorful pictures. I also like the diversity in the vegetables.
I would for sure use this book in my classroom. Today all kids eat are happy meals and fast food, I want to get my students to be knowledgeable abou
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, picture, 2012
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,
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Cassie Houck
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Rah Rah Radishes is a picture book that has a very catchy chant about vegetables. It also puts pictures of the veggies with their names.

I thought this book was really funny, it was probably because I read it in the tune of "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga.

I would use this book with a mini lesson for young children who may be going to a farm. I know we read something like this when we were little before we went to the pumpkin patch.
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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!
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.

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Marissa García
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Radishes always make me think of Fraggles.

But how great was this book? Pretty great. A photo picture book exploring the wonders and amazement of produce. It doesn't get preachy and try to force veggies on kids -- but after reading this book, how could anyone NOT want vegetables immediately? I also dig how it introduces lesser-known veggies and various names for familiar veggies.

Read for my Materials for Children class, Autumn 2015.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Maddie Taylor
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book! Within the pages are different chants telling us about the different kinds of veggies! The pictures are wonderful and the chants are so fun for smaller children.

This book is suitable for preschool and up and could be used in the classroom in a science lesson about nutrition!

I would definitely use this in my classroom one day if I were to get a job teaching small children. Its such a fun book and gives very descriptive language on vegetables!
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Shelby Haltom
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Radishes, Carrots, and Broccoli, oh my! This book shows the lighter, and more entertaining side to vegetables. With real pictures instead of illustrations, kids' eyes can be opened up to see how vegetables are not completely horrible little beasts.
I like this book, and how it is not a boring book about vegetables.
I would read this book in my classroom, and in my house! It would be especially great for younger ages.
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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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