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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Are you sure you know your vegetables? All of them? Did you know there’s a vegetable for every letter of the alphabet? Well, only if you’re creative enough. You might think corn should be under ‘c’, but, if it’s sweet corn, it really belongs under ‘s’. And lettuce should be under ‘l’, unless it’s iceberg lettuce and then it belongs under ‘i’: “Mostly made of H₂O,/ In a salad,/ Steals the show.” You might know about beets (under ‘b’), “Taste buds are tickled,” and carrots (under ‘c’), “You needn’t be a rabbit”, but do you know about fennel and Japanese green pumpkin and so many more? And did you know that dandelions and horseradish are also considered to be vegetables?
Want to get your young people to eat healthily? Or even yourself for that matter? Well this is the book. Eve Heidi Bine-Stock’s picture book, The Illustrated Alphabet of Vegetables, is a very clever approach to introducing vegetables of all shapes and sizes to a young reader. And it integrates with learning the alphabet! Accompanied by spectacular illustrations (very colorful), each vegetable is introduced alphabetically, like “A is for Artichoke”, followed by a short, three-line rhyming verse. Not only will the young reader learn about these vegetables (both common and not so well known), they’ll be rhyming along with each one. Of course, this is not a conclusive list of vegetables available, but it is a very enticing selection, from tomatoes, lettuce, corn and potatoes, to horseradish, urad beans, xanthan gum and so much more. A real veggie treasure. Loved it!