Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wonderful review of The ABC's of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond

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The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond in Second Printing

Innovative Children’s Book Adopted by
Education Programs Throughout U.S.

It took ten years for best-selling food writer, David Goldbeck to write and publish his first children’s book, The ABCs of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond (Ceres Press, $16.95) but just six months to sell out the first printing. But the book almost never happened as a book buyer for a major book chain didn’t like its unique two-part structure. In The ABCs of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond children first learn their alphabet through poems about these foods and then go on to hundreds of related activities.

But the book’s creator, coauthor and publisher, David Goldbeck felt the issue of vegetable and fruit consumption by children was too important to let the book languish and so he took a chance.

To his delight, not only did the first printing sell out quickly, but the book is now being used in classrooms and library programs throughout the U.S. as well as being praised by nutritionists and educators.

David says “I think it is possible to never have to say ‘eat your vegetables’ again. That's why I wrote The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond. There is no doubt that the foundation of a healthy diet and weight control is the significant consumption of vegetables and fruit. Unfortunately, many adults do not like these fine foods - so we must make sure kids don’t develop these attitudes. I hope that parents and teachers interested in getting kids to develop friendly feelings towards fruits and vegetables take a look at a this book. “


* Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness (Lansing, MI) 750 copies.

* The Connecticut State Department of Education 300 copies. The book was provided for attendees at a conference for child care programs, that was held in August 2007.

* The Humboldt County Office of Education (Arcata, California), provides nutrition education to almost 300 classrooms through a program called Harvest of the Month. This program offers classroom materials related to a different fruit or vegetable each month. The students learn about the fruit or vegetable and have a chance to taste it. The literacy component of the program includes a book for each class room. The January 2007 lesson began with reading the first part of The ABC's of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond. A photo of the class reading the book can be found at

* The El Monte City (California) School District bought two copies for each of its 25 schools to be used as teaching material.

* A school program in Lexington, Kentucky. 125 copies.

* At the Gables Montessori School (Miami, Florida), teacher Bonita Whytehead reads a page a week to her class. She wrote to the authors “… [we] use your ABC of Fruits and Vegetable book with the Gables Montessori Cooking Club. The cooking class is sponsored by the letter "I". Idaho potatoes will be discussed and mashed potatoes will be made.”

Professional's Comments

I heard about your fabulous books from a colleague and I plan to use them in a nutrition education program with elementary school students at title I schools (50% or more students receive free or reduced meals) in Baltimore, MD. - Haylee Staruk, Nutrition Educator & Project Leader, Baltimore County/Baltimore

Need some creative ideas for teaching nutrition education to youngsters? One easy way to pass along nutrition knowledge is through storytelling, and over the past several years authors have been producing more fun books for kids. One new release is” The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond” by Steve Charney and David Goldbeck. It uses a rhyming poem and bright, colorful illustrations to communicate food facts, the alphabet and even geography. [This type of book] helps engage kids and get them thinking about smart eating habits.
- School Nutrition

For ages 5 and up, poetry, ABC's, fun facts, crafts, recipes, goofy jokes and riddles. This book has it all! What an entertaining way to introduce the alphabet to small children. Then extend and explore each letter with older ones with hands-on activities and suggestions of other books to read.
- Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Librarian's Recommendation

Steve Charney is a nationally known children's entertainer, magician, ventriloquist, songwriter, radio personality and literacy promoter. His books include Hocus Jokus and Kid’s Kookiest Riddles. He is also the co-host, with his dummy Harry, of the radio program “Knock On Wood.” Steve performs at festivals, theaters, and libraries throughout the world and Steve and Harry often promote literacy in schools as well. He has written dozens of songs for Jim Henson's TV show “Bear in the Big Blue House.”
David Goldbeck is coauthor with Nikki Goldbeck of nine food books. These books include the bestsellers The Supermarket Handbook, American Wholefoods Cuisine and, most recently, Healthy Highways. He is the author of The Smart Kitchen. David, trained as a lawyer, has worked as a waiter, produce man, and elementary school teacher.
Maria Burgaleta Larson grew up in New York City and spent her childhood summers in Cuba. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union and a Fellow of The American Academy in Rome.

Ages: 4-12 (and beyond)
ISBN: 10 digit 1-886101-07-8
13 digit 978-1-886101-07-4
Pages: 112
Ink: full color throughout
Format: Perfect

NOTE: Pages of The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond can be viewed at