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Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant - eBook
Beach Lane Books / 2012 / ePub
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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural history books for children and adults, including Vulture View, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, which won a 2008 Geisel Honor. April and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure. Visit her online at aprilsayre.com.
"Sayre follows up her salute to vegetables (Rah, Rah, Radishes!, 2011) with this rousing chant in favor of fruit.
"Rah, rah, raspberries! / Go, go, grapes! / Savor the flavors. / Find fruity shapes!" With these staccato rhythms and cheerleading words, Sayre sets the stage for one long chant that will have kids clamoring for a fruit snack. Going well beyond (but including) the standard apple, orange, banana, grapes and berries, she entices readers with such exotics as tamarillo, kiwano, guava, rambutan, currant, durian and the wonderfully named dragon fruit. In piles, baskets and boxes brimming with fruit, Sayre shows off the colors and textures, yet she does not shy away from depicting even those specimens that are not completely perfect…. Taken primarily at farmers markets, mom-and-pop stores and fruit stands and often including hand-lettered signs proclaiming their farm of origin, her photographs send a subtle message to support local farmers and businesses…. Ah, would that readers could pluck Sayres art right off the page and savor its juiciness….even picky eaters are sure to be tempted."
—Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2012
—School Library Journal, June 2012
mouthwatering paean to fruit—from such usual suspects as blueberries and strawberries to more exotic tangelos, tamarillos, durians, persimmons, and kiwanos. Along with enjoying the simple rhymes'
pounding, elemental rhythms ("Figs are fabulous. / Currants call. / Love a lychee— / Fruit eyeball!"),
young audiences can feast their eyes on a set of large, intensely colored close-up photos of each fruit in,
usually, temptingly heaped-up grocery displays. Closing with a giggle-inducing spread of sliced-fruit
smiley faces followed by a final note on fruits natural functions and nutritional value, this will not only
forcibly turn storytime into snack time, but should also be a hit whether read alone or aloud, before or after any meal."
— Booklist, July 1, 2012
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