1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book

illus. by author. Viking. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101999745.
PreS-Gr 1—With simple doodles, Medina adeptly transforms photographs of sumptuous fruits and vegetables into an array of cheery animals. The author counts her enchantingly quirky creations ("one avocado deer," "two radish mice"), resulting in an exuberant, mouth-watering medley that's sure to have children eager to master their arithmetic skills—and bound to inspire budding gourmands. The concept book has never been so fun.
With the help of a few black lines, a color photo of a cut avocado becomes "one Avocado Deer." Next come "two Radish Mice," and so on, through "ten Clementine Kitties," resulting in "one big delicious salad!" (dressing recipe appended). This is Play with Your Food plus a mission: to make veggies look irresistible.

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