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Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem Hardcover – 29 Nov 1996


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean (29 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333692071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333692073
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,815,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fruits is an excellent, vibrantly illustrated book that was the winner of the Smarties Prize Bronze Award. It is cleverly written by Valerie Bloom and beautifully illustrated by David Axtell.

The rhyming words are full of rhythm:

Seven Mangoes! What a find! / The smaddy who left them really kind / One fe you an' six fe me / If you want more, climb the tree.
("Smaddy" means "somebody" and "fe" means "for".)

The writings contains lots of humour, too:

Three sweet-sop, well I jus' might give one o' them a nice big bite. / Cover up the bite, jus' so, sis, / Then no-one will ever notice.
(A sweet-sop is a very sweet fruit which has a rough outside and white inside with black stones.)

The book will appeal to a wide age-range of children, from those learning to count and young enough still to be read to, to those reading for themselves and able to use the glossary of unfamiliar words. "How much fruit can one girl eat in a day? You'd be amazed!" The poems offer a great opportunity to interest usually reluctant readers with the unusual subject matter. --Susan Naylor --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for 2 children last Christmas, and they still say thank you every time I speak to them. It's a fun read both for the child, and the adult reading with them. The granny of one of the little ones loves it as it gives her a chance to talk about back home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Morne on 13 April 2011
Format: Paperback
'Fruits' was our little toddler's first favourite book and still remains her favourite counting book. Unusually, it introduces an easy fraction, starting off with "half a paw paw" - the only counting book she has which does so. The engaging story follows a little girl helping herself to various Jamaican fruits throughout the day, while the adults are elsewhere occupied (though there are consequences at the end of the story!).

As well as helping with counting, this book is great for introducing fruit we don't normally come across in the UK, such as guavas, paw-paws, sweet sops; as a springboard for discussion about different places in the world; even for discussing fairness (there's a scene where fruit is inequitably shared with our heroine's little sister). The illustrations are simply stunning and there's a 'hide and seek' element to the pictures, which my little girl loves.

Reading it in my best Caribbean accent brings out the rhyme beautifully - but also derisory laughter from older (West Indian) family members! A book to enjoy again and again.
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By Stacey, N Yorks on 12 May 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter and I first discovered this book at our local library when she was 1. She loved the language and style of it - especially when read with my best Caribbean accent! It soon became a firm favourite and whenever we'd spot it she would have to take it out again until I got sick of being ordered to find it every other week and bought it on Amazon. Lovely illustrations and just a great book which I think we'll remember forever.
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By Negus Hannibal on 31 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
I really like this book, it is funny, uses rhymes which gives a great flow when reading. For people who want a bit of culture for their child I would definitely recommend this book. It is very important for black children to see these types of images which are a reflection of themselves, it really can help them to be more secure in the future about their own identity. Top book :)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sep 2000
Format: Hardcover
We found this book to be our daughter's favorite bedtime reading. A thoughtfull, well written and illustrated book, should be a classic for all children especially jamaican children. Highly recommended.
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