Myra here.



We are excited to join Kidlit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year. Right now we are having a “Buffet of Asian Literature: Makan! Let’s Eat! Kain Tayo!” theme until end of June. We are featuring either Asian-themed titles or food-related themes in books.

IMG_3852Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting

Written byFelicia Sanzari Chernesky Illustrated by: Susan Swan
Published by: Albert Whitman & Company, 2014
Borrowed from the library. Book photos taken by me.

I rarely go for concept books. A lot of it has to do with the fact that my daughter is now a tweener who would definitely not go for counting or alphabet books. These titles, though, caught my eye as they fit our theme quite nicely, and I vowed to read more nonfiction for Alison’s Wednesday meme.

Illustrated in bold bright colors and with only two lines of rhyming text that are in clear, readable fonts – it is evident that it is a picturebook meant for young kids. Two siblings (a boy and a girl) take a drive to the farm stand to get a list of things that Mother has prepared.


While the text above says 1 Watermelon, the adult reader would be able to see more than one watermelon in the full page spread. That being said, I believe that the illustrations are the most striking element in this book. I would most likely prefer an uncluttered, very clean page that would brook no confusion for a very young child – however, I still do see some potential avenues for discussion with young kids here.

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of ShapesIMG_3847

Written by: Felicia Sanzari Chernesky Illustrated by: Susan Swan
Published byAlbert Whitman & Company, 2013
Borrowed from the library. Book photos taken by me.

In contrast to the book above that focuses on counting from one to twelve, this book published a year earlier (2013) highlights shapes as seen through the eyes of two kids and their father enjoying the orangey-vibe of autumn.

Once again, told in rhyming text, the narrative invites the reader to “gather ovals” and “speckled eggs” found in the barn. While some of the shapes are fairly obvious, others may require some kind of scaffolding from a parent or an adult who is reading this aloud to a child.


I would have preferred something like an answer key or a guideline at the end of the book that would assist parents, librarians, or teachers in pointing out a few elements that they might have missed in the pages. Once again, the vivid colors and bold illustrations and their style struck me as quite buoyant. I was just thinking that perhaps an entirely different narrative, one that does not focus on shape or number concepts (as seen in the first book) – an actual storyline about a day in the farm, harvesting – would have worked infinitely better for me. That being said, I invite you to check out the books and let me know what you think.



Reading Challenge Update: 116, 117 (25)


Nonfiction PictureBook Challenge: 11, 12 of 25

*** Video ads other readers may find at the bottom of this post are NOT endorsed by GatheringBooks but are randomly included by WordPress to maintain their site. ***

0 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Concept Books that are Foodie-themed

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: