Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z

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Apple to Zucchini
come take a look.
Start eating your way
through this alphabet book.

So begins Lois Ehlert's Eating the Alphabet, a wonderful way to introduce a toddler to the alphabet and to fruits and vegetables. This book has been around for more than 20 years, but don't let that deter you. Its brilliantly colored, evocative illustrations still draw the eye, and the text (each word is printed in upper case AND lower case) is thankfully minimal. Each letter is represented by at least one veggie or fruit. (Purists may take issue with the inclusion of xigua, the Chinese term for watermelon, but I defy you to come up with an alternative.)

You can work your way through this book at many levels. For the youngest children, the colorful images are plenty of stimulation. As the child matures, you can add the names of the foods, colors, and whatever details you'd like (such as "Will you come and help me pick strawberries?"). You'll find additional information about the origins and history of the plant, along with a pronunciation guide, in an accompanying glossary.

Eating the Alphabet (ISBN 978-0-15-224436-1) was first published in 1989 and has been reprinted many times. It is available in both paperback and hardcover versions from the publisher and from online book sites. The publisher is Harcourt, Inc., 15 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.

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