Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Jennifer Vogel Bass
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
In this creative counting book, the author, a passionate gardener, presents fruits and vegetables in several varieties. For example, one potato seems simple enough (the common Idaho potato), but did you know that there are at least five other kinds? Six types of pears, nine types of squash, and eleven kinds of eggplant are just a few of the foods you’ll glimpse in this counting book that takes you from one to twelve and leaves you a little more hungry than before!
Edible Numbers is a simple concept done in an exciting way. The photographs in this book are vivid and diverse, giving children an easy opportunity to count on every page, and the variety of colors can also help them recognize and name colors. Also, each type of fruit or vegetable is labeled in small print, and even though children may not notice or particularly care about that, it makes it interesting for adults too (who knew there were so many different types?) Overall, this is an excellent book to help children count and educate them about the diversity of fruits and vegetables.