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An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farmby Carol Watterson
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Bouncing blueberries, eager ewes, and giggling geese!
Join this lively bunch on an alphabetical tour of today’s farm. With families and schools thinking more than ever about fresh, healthful choices for the table, kids want to know about the foods they see and eat every day: Where does it come from? How is it grown? What’s the difference between a fruit and a veggie? Why don’t chickens have teeth?
This entertaining survey of modern farming provides a wealth of farm facts and farm lore, including:
-Why some egg yolks are deep orange and others pale yellow
-Which kind of tomato is used to make ketchup
-What butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, and bees all have in common
-Why farmers love ladybugs
-Why sheep smell with their feet
Of course there are far more than 26 reasons to love the farm. What are yours?
"This informative alphabet book focuses on the importance of agricultural and animal farms. For each letter, Watterson uses bouncy alliteration to introduce her subjects; 'S' stands for 'Stink, Stank, Stunk,' a reference to the manure that farmers are seen spreading. Other spreads tell brief narratives: a group of pigs discuss how their mud baths lead to a common misconception. 'We are clean animals!' says one. 'I can't stand it when my sty or bed is dirty.' Sorrentino matches Watterson's friendly prose with lively mixed-media collages that include polka-dotted fowl and cars fashioned from zucchini, while interactive prompts and intriguing facts give readers a lot to munch on. Ages 4 — 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
CAROL WATTERSON is a former associate publisher with Raincoast Books. While her heart is in the country, she happily tends a "reclaimed" patch of land in the parking lot behind the apartment she shares with her husband and two daughters. Carol loves sharing stories about food and farming with children of all ages, and with their parents. This is her first book.
MICHELA SORRENTINO's two children along with her menagerie of animals provided inspiration for her illustrations. The artwork for An Edible Alphabet was created using a combination of collage, acrylic hand-painted papers, and drawings. A designer as well as an illustrator, Michela has designed a number of books through her graphic design company Hermani + Sorrentino Design. An Edible Alphabet is her first book for children.
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