Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Edible Numbers

Edible Numbers

Count, Learn, Eat

Jennifer Vogel Bass

Roaring Brook Press



Juicy apples! Plump, ripe pears! Twisted mushrooms! Counting your way through the farmer's market has never been so much fun. Discover a world filled with exciting fruits and vegetables in this bright, bold follow-up to Edible Colors.
This simple concept counting book will leave your mouth watering as you count from one to twelve with a kaleidoscope of tasty produce. Readers will learn about counting, variety, and color through the detailed, crisp photographs of homegrown and farmer's market fruits and vegetables!


Praise for Edible Numbers

“This companion to Edible Colors presents photographs of fruits and vegetables in groups from one to 12 . . . A tasty way for preschoolers to sharpen their counting skills.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An appetizing array of fruits and vegetables are counted from one to 12, accompanied by gorgeous, full-color photographs. The foods include apples, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, and eggplant, to name just a few. What distinguishes this counting book from others of its kind are the vast subvarieties of produce in each category, in many different colors. Readers may already be familiar with different types of apples, such as golden delicious, granny smith, pink lady, and golden russet, but far fewer will be aware that a pepper can be also be brown or purple (sweet chocolate and islander, respectively). There is a great deal to digest here for young children, especially when the author goes from listing specific types of fruits and veggies to the final category, citrus fruit, a fairly broad group. A well-planned trip to the farmer's market would enhance this lesson. Pair with other books on this succulent topic, including Emily Hruby's Counting in the Garden (Ammo, 2013) and Lois Ehlert's popular Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Houghton Mifflin, 1989). VERDICT A charming addition for food-related lesson plans or programming.” —School Library Journal

“In an eye-catching companion to Edible Colors (2014), Bass photographs fruits and vegetables in order to use the images as counters. Bass introduces a single fruit or vegetable specimen on each left-hand page ("1 pear"; "1 pepper"; "1 mushroom"), while the facing pages count up to 12 ("6 pears"; "7 peppers"; "8 mushrooms"). Placing the vegetables and fruits against blank white backgrounds allows their vibrant colors, shapes, and textures to pop, while highlighting the diversity of the breeds and cultivars of tomatoes, eggplants, squashes, and others. The inclusion of less-familiar produce-including a Buddha's hand citron, dragon's egg cucumber, and green sausage tomato-may inspire readers to take their counting skills to the farmer's market.” —Publishers Weekly

“Elegant photography and simple enumeration combine in an exploration of glorious green grocery. Very young children will enjoy counting the bright, bold images, and older kids will take interest in the rich, culinary variety.” —Booklist

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About the author

Jennifer Vogel Bass

Jennifer Vogel Bass battles squirrels and woodchucks to grow unusual fruits and vegetables in her suburban garden. She holds a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and has spent the past fifteen years working in environmental conservation and sustainable development. She lives in leafy Maplewood, NJ, with her husband and two sons.

Jennifer Vogel Bass

From the Publisher

Roaring Brook Press

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