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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439598419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439598415
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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HOW ARE YOU PEELING? is a excellent book with amazing artwork and bright contrasting colors. I'm sure most young children will really enjoy it. The vegetables and fruits are so cute! Ha. I 'feel' that while it encourages children to express their emotions it doesn't tell them WHICH emotion is BEST to express in the situation. As long as I keep this in mind and encourage my child to be aware of her feelings and, in time, learn WHEN and HOW is the best time to express them, this book can be a fantastic LEARNING experience as well as entertaining!
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!)
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As the parent of an emotionally disturbed foster daughter, I know first hand how necessary it is for young children to understand their emotions, whether positive or negative, and find appropriate outlets to express those emotions.
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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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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By Roz Levine on Jan. 24 2001
Format: Hardcover
Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers are playing with their food and we are the lucky recipients of their charming and amusing latest effort, How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods. The simple rhyming text discussing emotions we all feel at times...happy, sad, grumpy or worried, shy, insecure, amused or confused...to name a few, compliments the amazing fruit and vegetable sculptures. It's hard to believe an onion, kiwi, radish or mushroom (to name but a few) could express such emotions, but they do. A vibrant, visual treat the entire family will enjoy reading and discussing, this is a book that should find its way onto everyone's bookshelf!
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