How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods Paperback – Jun 1 2004
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Who hasn't looked at a fruit or vegetable and seen a funny face? In How Are You Peeling?--by the creator of the whimsical Play with Your Food--the "natural personalities" of produce are enhanced with black-eyed pea eyes and the occasional carved mouth--then photographed in vivid colors. One page reveals a wistful-looking poblano pepper being comforted by a cheerful red tomato, while another shows the amused, confused, frustrated, and surprised expressions of a green pepper, red pepper, orange, and apple. Adults and children alike will marvel at the range of expressions these fruits and vegetables possess--did you know just how many faces a kiwi could have? With simple rhymed text describing the emotions ("How are you when friends drop by?/ With someone new... a little shy?"), this appealing picture book is bound to spark discussion with young children. Parents can use it to talk about different emotions or to help children to identify and articulate their mood of the moment. Adults will just plain be amused. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Play with Your Food, LLC. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.) (Ages 2 to 6) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Photos of scowling oranges and gregarious scallions garnish this garden of delights from the creators of Play with Your Food. The recipe is simple and successful. Freymann and Elffers find a piece of "expressive produce" and attach two black-eyed peas for eyes. Without further ado, the veggie becomes a face, with a knobby stem or skinny root for a schnozzola; an upended mushroom has a hilarious piglike snout, while a kiwi fruit has a button nose. The animated groceries are exhibited, actual size or larger, against crisp hues of harvest gold, melon green or late-night-sky blue. Their groupings imply close relationships: lemons trade meaningful glances and a little onion cries. Meanwhile, the rhyming text draws comparisons between the emotive plants and its audience when it queries, "Wired? Tired? Need a kiss?/ Do you know anyone like this?" The plotless and largely superfluous narrative recommends expressing jealousy or affection ("When how you feel is understood,/ you have a friend, and that feels good"). It's a sentiment as healthy as an apple a day, but the book's real charm is derived from the almost-ready-made "sculptures"Aas an afterword calls them. This wish-I'd-thought-of-that compendium provides an excellent impetus for a craft session: the ingredients are cheap, and mistakes can be eaten as salad (if artists have the heart). All ages. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Emotions without boundaries = possible temper tantrums! I guess my having a two-year old explains a lot, huh? HOW ARE YOU PEELING is a very cute, colorful and entertaining book--I never knew vegetables were so sensitive! Ha. (Two more things that could have made this book even better would have been to mention that vegetables and fruits are YUMMY to eat; also it would have been a nice extra touch if it had scratch and sniff features. Kids adore that!)
This beautiful book is a wonderful way to expose young children to the concept of emotions, and to help a youngster know there is a difference between "sad" and "tired" and "lonely". While the book does not always explain what those emotions mean, it presents the emotions with appropriate expressions that children themselves have held on their own faces. Tracing the down-turned "lips" of a vegetable, my daughter will say, "she's sad like I am sometimes". Then we talk about ways to express sadness/anger/frustration or whatever emotion the vegetable/fruit appears to be exhibiting. In this way, I think the book is a useful therapeutic tool for troubled children.
It's great for "normal" kids, too. The book is fun, and full of life with bright, vibrant colors that make you want to smile. In addition, there is produce in here that most kids have never heard of, let alone seen. I believe that a picky child will be more willing to try a "new" food that she has at least heard of before and seen a picture of, than if she had never heard of them. That has to be a healthy thing!
And lastly, this book isn't just for kids. I think it's a beautiful art book for people of all ages. I enjoy looking at the photos and trying to imagine how the item grew in just that way. Freyman is clever and artistic, and this book is as good as the previous ones.
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It is a clever book. The illustrations are attractive to Grade 2-3 students.Published 8 months ago by Pat Carter
Children and adults love this book! With few words and clever use of real fruits and vegetables, it relays a message on understanding and accepting our range of human emotions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Noreen Janzen
A must buy! Teaches young children how to recognize emotions in faces and aids them to express their own emotions. Also teaches counting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Claire Camire
Discovered this while doing volunteering in a local public school library. Had to sit there and devour the whole thing, on the spot! Read morePublished on May 27 2012 by Frantie Ann
Got this book for my 2 yr old for Xmas. She was a little taken aback at first. Kinda scared by all the weird faces of the fruit. But then she enjoyed it. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by A. Y. Smittle
This is one of the most amazing children's books I have ever laid eyes on. It is the perfect coffee table book and it is the perfect book to share with the ones you love. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2002 by CaraN