Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An Edible Alphabet by Carol Watterson -OPTIONAL

Watterson, Carol and Illustrated by Sorrentino, Michela An Edible Alphabet: 26 reasons to love the farm>, 48 pgs. Tricycle Press, 2011. $13.25.
This large picture book covers quite a few ‘farm’ subjects from vegetables to cows to bugs. Although loosely based on the letters of the alphabet, it contains quite a bit of content beyond what each letter is named as. It features collage illustrations and poems as well.
I really enjoyed the artwork and the text layout; its bright, eye-catching, and full of fun. But the text content left me all muddled and confused. Too much was going on. Sometimes out of place sophisticated terms were used, and then next I would be reading a super childish poem. Complex topics like pollination are introduced, but not explained very clearly. At one point there is quite a lecture on fishing and the effects of over-harvesting, but little else is brought up in regards to environmental awareness for other subjects. Most of the letters combined topics –like ‘Ants on Asparagus’ –with lots of tidbits about both- they got all mixed up together. I just felt like the text was over the top. While there is a lot of learning to be had in this book, but I think a young elementary student would get lost in the mix and not learn all that much.
Pre-K, EL -OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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