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Fruits Paperback – Illustrated, 22 Aug 1997
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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
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely clear simple book. Great that it rhymes. We don't get these fruits in England.
Delivery quick. Condition great.
Perfect storyline, a book for Black African/American that has sense and a good moral, not these peppa pig nonsense.Published 16 months ago by kea