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A bestselling picture book from award-winning author, Vivian French, with vibrant illustrations from Alison Bartlett.

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Vivian French: Vivian French is married and lives in Bristol. She has four daughters and a lot of pets! Vivian worked in children's theatre for ten years as both an actor and writer and has been telling stories for over fifteen years in schools, community centres and theatres. Her first three books were published in 1990, and since then she has written more than seventy books. Oliver's Vegetables was shortlisted for the Victoria and Albert Illustrators award., Alison Bartlett: Alison studied illustration at Anglia College of Art in Cambridge and began an M.A. At Kingston University. In 1993 she was shortlisted for the Macmillan Prize for Oliver's Vegetables. She lives in Bristol with her young son. .

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Even french-fry-aholics can enjoy fresh vegetables, according to this optimistic tale of a boy and his adventures in produce. When Oliver spends a week at his grandfather's house, he makes a deal: ``If you want french fries,'' said Grandpa, ``You must find the potatoes. If you find something else, you eat that and no complaints.'' Oliver digs in Grandpa's garden and finds carrots, rhubarb, and cabbage, but no potatoes. Yet he never mutinies-quite the opposite, in fact (``They had spinach for supper. `That was good,' said Oliver''). French (A Song for Little Toad) makes an enthusiastic effort, and perhaps agreeable readers will accept her try-it-you'll-like-it approach. But when Oliver pronounces beet salad ``Very, very, very good,'' even certain adults may raise an eyebrow. But debut illustrator Bartlett makes the lush, leafy plants look eminently palatable in her sunny, full-spread acrylics. Her splendid varieties of green and her broad strokes of paint-piled layer-on-layer, with details like the outlines of flowers scratched on the surfaces-set the stage for a garden's victory rather than just a victory garden. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)

'This is a great book to link with maths as it rehearses the days of the week and the illustrations offer many opportunities for counting and working out how many vegetables.' - Nikki Sheene, year 1 teacher -- Child Education 20050105

PreS-K‘On a visit to his grandparents' house, Oliver wants to eat only French fries. Grandpa tells him that he may look in the garden for potatoes, but that he must eat what he finds, whatever it may be. On the first evening, Oliver pulls up carrots and discovers that he likes them. On successive days he discovers spinach, rhubarb, cabbage, beets, and peas‘all of which he eats with unexpected enjoyment. On the last evening, he finds the potatoes at last and as he is sitting down to supper his mother arrives. Oh dear! Too bad! She thinks Oliver is still eating only fried potatoes. Oliver and his grandparents laugh delightedly at the irony, and so will small listeners. Bartlett's paintings are abstract, yet quite understandable for young children who are still visually inexperienced. Odd perspectives and proportions add to the pleasure of looking‘as when the vegetables in the garden seem to be larger than the humans. Lush colors of growing things seem splashed on the pages with a carefree joy. Have some fresh veggies ready for snacking.‘Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX

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