An Edible Alphabet

26 Reasons to Love the Farm

By Carol Watterson; Michela Sorrentino (Illustrator)
(Tricycle Press, Hardcover, 9781582464213, 48pp.)

Publication Date: July 26, 2011

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Description

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?




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.




Praise For An Edible Alphabet

Review, School Library Journal, July 1, 2011
"This engaging and informative foray into farms of all kinds practically bursts with the creators’ enthusiasm for their subject....The book succeeds on many levels; each letter features an alliterative and/or silly sentence or two, suitable for a classroom storytime, while additional text offers more information about the plants and animals featured on a spread."

Review, Booklist, June 7, 2011
"In this food-focused ABC book for a wide age range, the combination of facts and language play creates plenty of fun....Kids will enjoy learning about common foods, even as they savor the clever wordplay for each letter of the alphabet."

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