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Eating the Alphabet (Voyager Books) [Paperback]

Lois Elhert
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27 Aug 1993 Voyager Books
While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.

Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace International (27 Aug 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152244360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152244361
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 1-3. This appetizing alphabet book shows fruits and vegetables so juicy and alive, you'll wish they could jump off the page and into your mouth. Even vegetable haters will find it hard to resist the vibrantly colored collage illustrations, which make each item look fascinating and appealing. Long a favorite picture book, this title is now available in a smaller board book edition, just right for introducing toddlers to the mysteries of endive, kiwifruit and papaya. Booklist called the original "bright, bold... well designed." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format:School & Library Binding
"Eating the Alphabet" by Lois Ehlert is great book for kids who will use it have their first introduction with the letters.

On each page, its author presents one of the letters, using vividly colored illustrations of fruits and vegetables whose names start with this letter.

I would say that book could be recommended for kids who are 2 or more years old. And as great add-on, besides its primary use teaching letters it's also great as book that will help parents in teaching their children which healthy food she/he would be good to eat.

The reader is encouraged to research with her/his kid even more with the reference page on the back side on the book that are giving additional information about presented fruits and vegetables.

The book will easily capture kid's attention due to the illustrations that are made with no frills, in most natural and realistic manner that teach kid accurate picture how fruit and vegetable look like. Two main art techniques were used, collage and water color, sometimes alone and sometimes in combination.

And finally, each and every word is written both in capital and lower case letters for kid to see the difference.

All of abovementioned things make "Eating the Alphabet" one of the most recommended books for each kid, whether you are looking for a book with which you will teach your child the letters or as a gift to special someone who has a small child who loves picture books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the little ones 1 July 2013
By Triskis
Format:School & Library Binding|Verified Purchase
Very visual for the little ones. Used it in pre-school, for a healthy eating class and most of the children were very interested in the pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 24 Feb 2013
Once again Lois Ehlert has created a clever and visually appealing book for children. The deceptively simple collage illustrations convince young children that they should experiment with collage themselves. My toddlers had great fun matching the illustrations to real fruit at the grocers. Delightful!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations 4 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yes lovely to look at but did not really work for my son and me as it was difficult to make out some of the fruit and veg
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the alphabet in the produce aisle 15 Sep 2004
By Kara Reuter - Published on
Format:Board book
Lois Ehlert's Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z contains illustrations of 74 fruits and vegetables, from the everyday apple to the exotic jicama. Each letter of the alphabet is represented in large serif font in uppercase and lowercase and is represented by illustrations of one to eight fruits and vegetables. The illustrations are captioned with spellings of each fruit and vegetable, once in all uppercase and once in all lowercase. The illustrations depict the fruits and vegetables as they appear at the supermarket, even including the wide rubber bands often found on asparagus and broccoli and the cardboard tubs that hold strawberries and blueberries. The bright illustrations are in sharp contrast with the flat, white background. The overall effect of the illustrations and type styling is crisp, clean, and colorful. The book also includes a glossary of fruits and vegetables, with a small picture, pronunciation, designation as fruit and/or vegetable, and a brief description. This glossary is particularly useful for items such as xigua (she-gwah), the Chinese name for watermelon. Children will enjoy learning the more exotic fruits and vegetables. This book will aid children in recognizing letters and the multiple words for each letter allow children to recognize the pattern of sounds associated with each letter.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice 30 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Board book
This is a very nice board-book. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching, featuring all the usual fruits and vegetables as well as some of the more exotic ones. Each letter is printed in both upper- and lower-case, as are all the names of the fruits and vegetables (Yy YAM yam). This board book--based on a picture book for slightly older children--is probably best suited for toddlers who can identify some of the familiar items. It would be an ideal gift for a vegetarian or vegan family as it shows absolutely no animal products!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Excellent! All three of my children adored the board book version of Eating the Alphabet. It provides a nice way to expose toddlers to a variety of interesting fruits and vegetables -- they get a kick out of repeating words like "jicama" and "jalapeno". Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 27 Feb 2000
By Cate - Published on
Format:School & Library Binding
The board book version of this title is cute, but treat yourself ( and your child,too!) to the full-sized hardcover edition. It's a feast for the eyes! Yum!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Healthy Guide to Your Vocabulary 20 Sep 2004
By Joshua Koppel - Published on
Format:Board book
This vocabulary book goes through the alphabet and gives examples of fruits and vegetables that begin with said letter. No candy, sweets, meats, or any animal products in this one (guess they did not want to offend any dietary restrictions).

Each letter of the alphabet has at least one healthy example of food. Each food has a colorful illustration but readers may need help attaching each word to the appropriate picture. Some of the illustrations are a little questionable (I never saw a cauliflower like the one pictured).

Both of my kids enjoy this book and have had me read it a number of times on just the first day. I haven't noticed them wanting to eat any more vegetables than before but their vocabulary is better.
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