Each page of Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet can stand alone as a work of professional, tasteful, and stylish design. The variety of font size and style would make this a challenging read for a young reader, but as a board book, it’s more likely a story to be read aloud by an adult to an infant or toddler anyway. If you know Mrs. Peanuckle’s alphabet series, you know you can expect much more than “A is for Apple” and “B is for Banana.” Instead, “A is for Avocado,” which you may be surprised to learn is categorized as a fruit, and “K is Kumquat,” which, for the uninitiated, Mrs. Peanuckle assures is a fruit that is “fun to say and even more fun to eat.” The variety exhibited by the design of each page, combined with the original alphabet, will make re-reads a pleasure. “Z is for Zinc” was a slight disappointment because, while admittedly it cleverly ties back to “A is for Avocado”—zinc being a mineral that comes from avocados—zinc is just that: a mineral, and not a fruit. While it’s tough to hold it against Mrs. Peanuckle, it just seems that once the effort to discover “X is for Xigua” has been made, finding a fruit for letter Z seems like an achievable task. Of course, there’s also “I is for Ice Cream,” but it’s letters like Q, X, and Z that serve as a litmus test for alphabet book ingenuity. As always, the mystery of just who is Mrs. Peanuckle adds an intriguing touch to the title.
Love, love, love this book! One of my all-time favorite board books. I even learned a few new things from it as an adult! The illustrations and colors are bold and so cute. I love that the font in this book is a little more fun, and the book has great content.
Superfoods for toddlers! In this wonderfully colorful primer featuring a wide variety of fruits in all shapes and sizes, children are introduced to a wide variety of fruits. Not only does Mrs. Peanuckle instruct children on how the fruits grow, but also on how they are eaten and in what combinations. This book is beautiful encouragement for children to try fruits that may be unfamiliar to them. Hooray for Mrs. Peanuckle for remembering that ice cream is delicious with any fruit!
I've loved every Mrs Peanuckle book I've read thus far—informative, engaging, and so gorgeously unique. My son adores fruit above all else, so this is our family's current favorite of the series—it has the perfect mix of fruits he can recognize (peaches & pears, bananas, watermelons) and fun new fruit facts to learn (who knew xigua was Chinese watermelon?!) Also, bonus points for being an excellent "accordian read"—if my son starts to lose interest I just skip the facts and only read the fruit names—and for being intellectually stimulating for adults too. This is truly an amazing alphabet book!
Mrs. Peanuckle loves to write, talk to animals and birds, and putter in her garden. She has a vast assortment of children and grandchildren (some of them pets and some of them imaginary). She also collects rocks, shells, books, and eccentric friends. When she is not traveling and exploring the universe, you can find her cooking and eating while singing in her magical cabin in the woods. Most of all, she loves to laugh.
Jessie Ford is an English illustrator, who’s colourful view of the world has been brightening up people’s lives for the last decade. Her graphic shapes, textured layers and silhouetted figures culminate in a printed, ‘hand-made’ effect. With a love of all things bright, bold and graphic, Jessie’s faux naive charm has been used extensively within the publishing, advertising, editorial, packaging and design sectors. Her strong and confident use of colour has won her many fans over the years. Jessie loves nothing better than a bear in a tutu, possibly wearing a crown, and riding on a bike…
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