by Vivian French
Fruit is yummy! That is what Oliver, the main character, learns in this book. This book is about a little boy whose grandfather grows fruit. Oliver believes that his grandfather’s fruit is the best; however, he will never eat any fruit. In the book, Oliver helps make a colorful fruit salad and through this experience Oliver finds that fruit is “YUMMY!” This book is colorfully illustrated and easy to read. It is a great way to get children to try new fruits. I recommend that parents and caregivers explain what each fruit is and where it is found while reading the book. It would also be a great way to get them to try fruit, by having them make a fruit salad with you after reading the book.
After reading this book with your child:
- Try some of the tasty fruits mentioned in the book.
- Make fruit kabobs or add julienne sliced apples or pears to a green salad.
- Take a trip to the grocery store and have your child pick out fruit to put into their own unique fruit salad combination.
Teacher’s Tip: Next time you have a class room party, request for a few parents to bring in one type of chopped fruit. The kids can help mix the fruits together in smaller bowls to make fruit salad for the whole class to enjoy. Oliver’s Fruit Salad. Vivian French. Orchard Books, New York:1998.