Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
by April Pulley Sayre
Beach Lane Books, 2011
FORMAT: Nonfiction, Picture Book
Who knew that talking about vegetables could be so much fun? This is a fun chant with a great beat. But instead of being about fictional animals doing human-like things, it is all about different things that people eat. (Note: It isn’t that I don’t enjoy fictional picture books, but when a particuarly great nonfiction picture book comes along, I feel like I need to sing and dance and then sing some more.) I also like that so many different vegetables are mentioned. It isn’t just the normal peas, carrots, or corn that kids already know. There are buckets full of vegetables that I would guess most kids haven’t even heard of. But there they are, mentioned in this book along with a photograph so that kids can recognize the vegetable when they go to the store.
And speaking of the photographs, I love them! Instead of just having illustrations of various vegetables, there are brilliant photographs of vegetables in interesting patterns. This book is like carrying around an illustrated farmer’s market brochure. I love it!
Seriously, if you want you kiddos to know what types of veggies there are in the world, you should read this book to them. They might not be adventurous enough to try all of them, but at least they will start to realize there is a whole new world of possibilities.
What to do after reading this book:
Go to the grocery store and see how many vegetables you can see and/or name.
Have a snack (or a meal) where you eat as many different vegetables as possible.
Draw a picture of vegetables, or learn how to take photographs of your own vegetables.
Plant some vegetables in a garden or pot. Watch them grow (and sing this chant while you do).