Children in the US do not eat enough fruit and even fewer vegetables—unless you are counting French fries. The motherly advice to “eat your vegetables” has fallen on deaf ears, even though we know that children who are exposed to vegetables early in life usually continue to eat them.
David Goldbeck, a former elementary school teacher, decided to make fruits and vegetables fun by introducing these foods through the alphabet. He even found a fruit beginning with X — xemenia (za-mean-e-a), a small, round, yellow, wild plum found in Africa.
In the first half of this colorful book, each letter is accompanied by a short, funny poem to teach small children about a fruit or vegetable. The second half of the book is a resource for parents or educators to enhance learning. Included are history, geography, recipes, jokes, tongue twisters, unusual facts, activities and even other books that the child or teacher can read related to fruits and vegetables.
Besides xemenia, some fun facts children can learn include:
- Wild apples were eaten in the Stone Age, and today there are over 7,000 different varieties.
- Eggplant is really a fruit.
- Jicama, is pronounced hee-ca-ma because it is a Spanish word and a “j” is pronounced like an “h.”
- Mangoes originally came from India
The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond is available from Ceres Press, PO Box 87, Woodstock, NY 12498, $16.95 + $4.50 shipping and handling. For online discounts order at www.HealthyHighways.com.