Children’s Book Review – How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods

Cover of "How Are You Peeling? (bkshelf) ...

Cover via Amazon

This enchanting book by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers was published in 1999.  It has great simple rhyming text about moods, emotions and facial expressions but the real beauty is in the photos of the produce by Nimkin/Parrinello.  Saxton Freymann has sculpted simple but expressive faces into an assortment of unusually shaped fruits and vegetables in perfect harmony with the words. 

New York City was combed for just the right peppers, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, kiwi, onions, apples, peas, mushrooms, turnips, tomatoes, cantaloupe, peas, lemons, sweet potatoes, squash and radishes to provide canvases for adorable faces.  Black eyed peas are used for eyes and beet juice colors the lips.  The stem ends of the produce are noses.

The New York Times Book Review voted How Are You Peeling? the Best Illustrated Children’s Book.  I still enjoy looking at the book and I no longer teach young children or have a young child.  It makes me smile every time I see it.


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