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How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods [Paperback]

Saxton Freymann , Joost Elffers
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June 1 2004 Scholastic Bookshelf
What better way for a child to identify different emotions than with the very expressive "faces" of fruits and vegetables! Simple rhyming text and a bright array of emotional produce make this the perfect introduction to the complex world of feeling.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! May 30 2014
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A must buy! Teaches young children how to recognize emotions in faces and aids them to express their own emotions. Also teaches counting. My toddler daughter was addicted to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods May 27 2012
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Discovered this while doing volunteering in a local public school library. Had to sit there and devour the whole thing, on the spot! Knew I had to get it for my great nephew and great niece, who belong in a family dedicated to being vegetarian. Can't wait to see there faces as this is read to them. Will always look at vegetables in a totally different light, from here on. Fabulous art.
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I was reading how important it is for parents to help thier young children identify the different feelings that they experience. This is the first step in the process of planting the seeds of compassion and empathy for the feelings of others. Who would ever think we could turn to fruits and veggies to teach the lessons! These are truly works of edible art portraying such feelings as anger, fear, surprise, joy, pride, sadness, and jealousy. My two sons love this book and so do I. We read it all the time and sometimes use it to open up discussion about specific reasons that they are feeling a certain way and what they can do or say to others. Even my 3 year old "reads" it to me all by himself. I'm so glad that I found out about this book in my favorite source of quick-read parenting sanity, called "The Pocket Parent." This A-Z guide (written exclusively for parents of preschoolers) offers hundreds of tips to try when the kids challenge your sanity. If you have a 2, 3, 4, or 5-year-old, consider adding these two books to your personal library to refer to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and unusual June 22 2003
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I finally purchased this book because my preschool aged grandsons wanted me to bring it home from the library all the time. They just love this book. It's a good way to talk about feelings and the pictures of the "veggie people" are very clever and interesting. The photos have inspired us to create our own veggie people which is loads of fun for little children. I recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but a little startling at first Jan. 9 2003
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. But the story was a bit over her head with the content---so I'd go for an older child reading this. Talks about "excited or jealous" and yes, 2 yr olds can get the gist of that---but overall?
But we do enjoy the artwork and faces, but I would'nt recommend the story for 2s. Try the 3rd birthday!
Lots of colors---the veggies and fruit were bold and bright and really neat! I love the strawberry kissing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who likes it the most Mom or Son? June 26 2002
By Leah
Makes me look at peppers in a new way. The pictures are pure fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful art Feb. 24 2002
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. It is a gift I keep giving, it is a reminder of how beautiful the ordinary things in life truly are. Buy it for yourself and you will love it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Priceless pictures...but terribly fragile Aug. 25 2001
I love this book and bought it for my children, 3 years and 18 months old. They love the pictures, and who wouldn't? It gives meaning to the word clever and it's message is valuable as well (although I will say it doesn't leave any emotion out, including shouting and yelling, which for some parents may be a concern as they may see it as encouraging tantrums) The one and only thing I don't like about this book, and it sounds weird, but the construction of it is not very good. We had it for only 2 months and my daughter accidentally stepped on it and all but 3 of the pages came out. But, for someone who has older children or just simply wants to give it as a gift...it's adorable you must trust me that you will love it, I just don't recommend it for toddlers, if you do buy it for a toddler, I'd keep it in safe place, away from little hands.
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