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  • Rah, Rah, Radishes
  • Hope Morrison
Sayre, April Pulley. Rah, Rah, Radishes!; written and illus. with photographs by April Pulley Sayre. Beach Lane/Simon, 2011. 32p. ISBN 978-1-4424-2141-7 $14.99 Ad 4–7 yrs.

This vegetable chant celebrates all sizes, shapes, and colors of vegetables at a well-stocked farmer’s market through rhymed verse and crisply reproduced full color photography. The simple pattern introduces a pallet of different veggies, each accompanied by a celebratory phrase (“Root for rutabagas. / Bounce for beets! / Pile up parsnips. / Turnip treats!” The language is energetic but the text ultimately lacks flavor; the general pro-vegetable cheerleading doesn’t provide much actual use, since there’s no help in correlating items mentioned in the text with the veggies in the photos. Ultimately, it is the photographs that stand out here; the produce closeups offer a veritable cornucopia of appealing visuals, from the juxtaposition of tiny red radishes along side slender stalks of celery to the smooth, shiny skins of an assortment of squashes. The vegetables are both artistically and, in many cases, surprisingly captured, with Brussels sprouts depicted still on the enormous stalk, multicolored carrots piled together, and peapods opened up to reveal the tiny peas inside. The layout is clean and controlled and the splashy backdrop colors offer additional visual allure. A final shout-out to farmers and bees would help this kick off discussions of the life cycle of vegetables, but mostly viewers will enjoy reading about and reflecting on personal experiences with the many veggies included. A final page offers information about vegetables as well as a note encouraging readers to learn about and to try new produce.



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