Amara’s Farm by author JaNay Brown-Wood and illustrator Samara Hardy

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: 1-2

Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company

Publication Date: September 1, 2021

Amara needs a pumpkin to share with her friends at a potluck. What does a pumpkin look like? Readers learn about shape, color, size, textures and inside and outside contents of a pumpkin to make it easily distinguishable from other fruits and vegetables. The problem? On her farm, Amara has fruits and vegetables that share some attributes of pumpkins. Will she find a pumpkin in time for the potluck? At the feast, viewers are asked to find foods mentioned throughout the book.This is a wonderful picture book that educates youngsters about differences between a variety of fruits and vegetables. My Book Eyes enjoyed seeing edibles that are not often mentioned in books such as okra, kumquat, persimmon, cauliflower, fig, and kiwi. Also, illustrations include warm autumn colors and diverse characters at the potluck. A recipe is included. Many projects could be generated from this book.

Apple Farmer Annie

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Apple Farmer Annie by author / illustrator Monica Wellington

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Puffin Books, Reprint edition

Publication Date: August 19, 2004

Annie is an apple farmer who grows a variety of apples. She makes apple cider, applesauce, cakes, pies, muffins, dried apples and candy apples. Additionally, Annie drives to the city where she sells her goods at a farmer’s market. Many scenes show enlarged pictures of items that are in the busier scenes on opposite pages around the text. For example, at the farmer’s market, a scale, cash box, money, apples and cider are pictured on the left page. These pictures can extend discussions about the book. Words are in large print size which is helpful for the reader. Illustrations have highly distinguishable details. Four recipes are included. They are for applesauce, apple muffins, applesauce cake and butter frosting. This book can be used in addition to cooking projects.

From Grapes to Jelly

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From Grapes to Jelly by author Bridget Heos and illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Age Range: 8 years – 12 years

Publisher: Amicus

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

Jelly is so regularly consumed that My Book Eyes decided to read this nonfiction picture book. From viewing grapes dangling from vines to preparing to eat a jelly stuffed sandwich, readers examine actions and employees involved in creating this sweet spread. Detailed information coupled with revealing and inviting illustrations enhance the learning experience. My Book Eyes gained knowledge about a harvester. A glossary, websites and information to investigate further are included.