Summertime means fresh fruits and veggies at the farm stand to pick out and count! This rhyming concept book follows a family's stop at the farm stand as they count from one watermelon to a dozen ears of corn.
The team behind the shapes-focused Pick a Circle, Gather Squares returns with a counting book that emphasizes eating fresh, local produce. A mother and her two children with sun-varnished faces and mussed hair, visit a farm stand, first selecting “1 watermelon so smooth and round./ 2 purple eggplants that weigh two pounds.” Vibrant variations in color and composition in Swan’s collages point to the myriad of edible treasures to be discovered at the fruit stand or farm. Chernesky closes by underscoring the importance of supporting local growers: “But first, put some money in the can./ Farmers work hard to feed the land.” Ages 4–7.—Publisher’s Weekly
On a hot, steamy day in August, a brother and sister visit the local farm stand with their mother. As they gather fruits and vegetables, the rhyming, rhythmic text switches into counting mode, featuring numbers from 1 to 12 and leading off with “1 watermelon so smooth and round. / 2 purple eggplants that weight two pounds.” Checking for items on Mom’s grocery list, the children find items such as “stinky onions,” “fuzzy peaches,” and “fresh-picked corn,” before pausing for a last-minute addition: a sunflower. It’s an everyday excursion for these kids but an evocative, vicarious experience for young children who don’t have a farm just down the road. While there’s a bit of humor in the easy-going text, the book’s jovial spirit is created chiefly in the lively digital collages, which combine cut-paper elements with painted effects for a richly colorful visual experience. This pleasant picture book makes a flavorful read-aloud choice, best savored in the summertime. —Carolyn Phelan, Booklist