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Go, Go, Grapes: A Fruit Chant

March 14th, 2012

Okay, so I’m more than a little bit excited about Go, Go, Grapes: A Fruit Chant (Release date May 22, 2012 by Beach Lane Books/S&S). Kirkus subscribers can see the Kirkus review of the book already. I’ve just started posting fruit-related pictures and posts. More to come!

Pics of my fruit experiments for last spread

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More Fruit For Fun

March 14th, 2012

More Fruit Not In Go, Go, Grapes: A Fruit Chant

March 14th, 2012

A few more fruit that did not fit in Go, Go, Grapes: gooseberries and black raspberries. It included red raspberries. But here are black raspberries. They grow wild here but are also raised commercially. They are NOT blackberries. They are the same shape as red raspberries and sometimes have a slightly bitter aftertaste. Wild animals around here seem to prefer them over red raspberries. So does my husband Jeff…hmm….

Gooseberries. An uncommon and rather tart fruit Beautiful!Black raspberries!

Cranberries Sour Over Go, Go, Grapes

March 13th, 2012

Alas, so sorry, cranberries! We could not fit you into Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant which is coming out May 22. Go ahead and be sour. We love your sourness. Tart is art, we say! Here are a few consolation photos of how you looked when we photographed you in hopes of including you in the book.

These are from the Hovenkamp’s booth at South Bend Farmer’s Market. They are Michigan cranberries. (Sorry, New Jersey, we went closer to home for ours.) We live 7 miles from Michigan. Cranberries are also grown extensively in Wisconsin.

Look for a cranberry muffin recipe soon. How much do we love cranberries? Well, we served cranberry (and blueberry) muffins at our wedding reception oh so many years ago.

Cranberry farming in Michigan A historic farm in Michigan

Fruit Art Fun With Go, Go, Grapes: A Fruit Chant

March 13th, 2012

April’s Favorite Apple Salad

March 13th, 2012

In anticipation of Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant being released, I’m sharing my version of Waldorf salad. We don’t keep mayo around the house. So I just cut up the apples, add celery, pecans, and raisins, and a dab of whatever yogurt we have in the fridge. Yum!

Vegetable Cookery For Kids

November 9th, 2011

I picked up a copy of a magazine called Chop Chop “The fun cooking magazine for families” at a local New Balance shoe store. I have to say the magazine looks great. High quality content. It would be a great place to go after reading Rah, Rah, Radishes: a Vegetable Chant and the upcoming Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant. So kids’ veggie and fruit enthusiasm can move into the kitchen. Here’s Chop Chop magazine’s site:

Rah Rah Radishes in Kirkus

August 16th, 2011

Kirkus Reviews sure knows how to ask quality questions to get a person talking and reflecting. Read the Rah Rah Radishes interview here.  There’s also a fun little California connection for the book made by a writer out in Salinas. His article is “‘Vegetable Chant’ showcases Central Coast’s chief product.”  Meanwhile, after a fun South Bend Farmer’s Market signing last Sat, I’m completing final shots for Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant, 2012.

Greens & Other Goodies at South Bend Farmer’s Market

August 8th, 2011

I’ve been busy admiring greens, the structures of leeks, and other veggies at South Bend Farmer’s Market. Beets are one of the most productive crops because both the greens and roots can be used.

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April Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 65 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives.

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