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Eating the Alphabet: 05/01/08
My son and daughter picked out Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert at the library. Harriet liked it for the colorful illustrations (including the banana on the b page) and Sean liked it because it was alphabetical.
I have to admit that I expected not to like the book. There are so many different messages out there by well meaning adults for children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Even Sesame Street has gone from teaching life skills to pushing the "eat the rainbow" message sometimes above all.
That being said, I also want to encourage my children to think for themselves and part of that is encouraging them to pick their own books. The three of us sat together and read the book. I have to admit to enjoying it despite my initial reservations. Ehlert's illustrations are delightful and colorful. Except for the letter X, each letter had one or more beautifully done fruits or vegetables.