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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever confronted an angry apricot? Or how about an indecisive iceberg? Or an optimistic orange and a pessimistic pear? Do you even know what a quince is, let alone a quarrelsome quince? Hayley Mitchell uses alliteration at its healthy food best, allowing the imagination to go wild and take flight while learning about healthy foods. My Healthy Foods Feeling Alphabet explores the alphabet and its relationship to food. Using fruits and vegetables (all things healthy), some easily recognizable like oranges and zucchini, accompanied by others less commonly known, like jackfruit and Ximenia, the author teaches young readers the alphabet, as well as healthy foods (complete with their prescribed, often hilarious, emotions). Only the creative mind of a child can wrap their thoughts around a zany zucchini riding a skateboard, no less.
Hayley Mitchell’s children’s book, My Healthy Foods Feelings Alphabet, is both engaging and educational, not to mention full of fun and laughter. The author presents the twenty-six letters of the alphabet in a completely new light: a healthier perspective to the standard “A is for apple and C is for cake” (though I have to admit, I prefer to think C is for chocolate). Young readers will certainly relate to the emotions shared, like the cranky carrot and lonely leek. The bright, bold, colorful illustrations allow the young reader to identify the fruit or vegetable, along with the emotions attributed to that specific food. At the end of the book, there are a couple of pages depicting various fruits and vegetables aligned to create various facial expressions that identify feelings. This will definitely make young readers chuckle as they interactively identify the emotions being portrayed. This is a delightfully fun alphabet book with a healthy eating twist.