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Vegetables and fruits

Learning Fruits and French

April 23rd, 2012

Last summer we visited the Jean-Talon Market in Montréal. Don’t go too early, as we did, because most of the farmers arrive a bit later than our farmers here in the Midwest. But wow, the displays are amazing.

Next to the boxes of lychees, were Cape gooseberries, which come in husks like tomatillos. It is related to the tomatillo and tomato.

Here’s the wikipedia on this fruit.

Also, enjoy a few more photos from the market:




What’s Hiding in Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant

April 23rd, 2012

Try hunting for these vegetables, words, and objects that appear in the photos with fruit.

A red checkered tablecloth

A molcajete, a large stone version of a mortar and pestle. I bought this one at El Paraiso, a small grocery featuring items for Mexican recipes. I also bought the guavas there.

Cactus pads, which are not the fruits, but leaves, of a cactus plant

Hanging scale

The Spanish word “piña” which means pineapple.

A half bushel of corn

Yellow tomatoes and green tomatoes

Two honeydew melons

Roma tomatoes

The word “Niagara”


Really hard to find:

At least 40 onions

A half bushel of tomatoes

Jalapeño peppers

Fruit and Go Seek

April 7th, 2012


Here’s a list of fruits and fruit parts in the last spread of Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant (Release date: May 22, 2012)  Find them in the book if you can!


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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!

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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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