Arthur A. Levine Books
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Food for Thought Food for Thought

Written & Illustrated by Saxton Freymann

The complete book of concepts for growing minds.

All parents give their children fruits and vegetables to grow healthy and strong. Now for the first time, these garden goodies can nourish a child's educational development as well! Food for Thought introduces the five major concepts every kid needs to know via playful produce sculptures sure to entertain all ages. Especially designed for big readers and little ones to look at together, Food for Thought is a delightful and essential book for parents and children alike.


"Freymann and Elffers previously used their ingenious food sculptures to introduce concepts in How Are You Peeling? (2000) and One Lonely Sea Horse (2000). They have truly perfected their craft in this winning collection that covers basic shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites--all introduced through images of artfully manipulated fruits and vegetables. Solid, candy-colored backgrounds showcase an irresistible cast of produce-part creatures, which, thanks to a few inspired cuts, reflect an astonishing assortment of expressions and personalities. The simple, clean design is ideal for demonstrating concepts; the uncluttered spreads make counting and identification easy. But it's the playful, wonderfully clever transformation of familiar foods that will win an audience. Fans of the previous books will find much that is familiar here, but in this mix of concept and unabashed food play, the authors get the formula just right." --Booklist, starred review.

Even cleverer than the instantly classic How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods (1999), this gallery of hilariously animistic grocery-store produce presents common shapes and colors, the alphabet, numbers 1-10, and nine pairs of basic opposites in a truly memorable way. Using mostly black-eyed peas for eyes and taking brilliant advantage of natural variations in shape to create an amazing variety of facial expressions, Freymann skillfully poses a photographed menagerie of leafy fish, cauliflower sheep, banana giraffes and less classifiable creatures made from carved oranges, squash, wonderfully lumpy green peppers and much more against nearly featureless backgrounds. Viewers can't help but respond to the art's broad, infectious humor. . ." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

"Children will thoroughly enjoy the clever artwork and adorable characters. A visual treat." --School Library Journal


Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal
New York Public Library “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing”
CCBC Choice
Pennsylvania Center for the Book: Best Children's Book for Family Literacy 2005


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Spring 2005
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-11018-1
Price: $14.95/$19.99
Trim Size: 9 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Page Count: 64 SE
Foreign Rights: Play With Your Food LLC
Translation Rights: Play With Your Food LLC
Rights Available? yes


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