Friday, April 24, 2009

Foodie Friday- Apples and Oranges: Going Bananas with Pairs

This fun picture book is what I like to call a tongue loosener. It gets readers talking. Author and illustrator Sara Pinto opens with a nice picture of an apple and an orange and the question, "How are an apple and an orange alike?" The reader might answer that they are both fruit, they are both food, or they both grow on trees. Turn the page and Pinto answers her own question with an illustration of the fruit now bespectacled and the words, "They both don't wear glasses." Guess how a book and a letter are alike? They both don't go out for sushi. At first, readers want to answer the "alike" questions practically, but then start having fun coming up with wacky answers more like Pinto's. In addition to its wonderful title, Apples and Oranges: Going Bananas with Pairs presents a number of food and utensil pairings that made it my Foodie Friday pick for this week. It's a silly good read for preschool through first or second graders.