Anyone with a toddler is familiar with the refrain, "Again!" That was my two year old son's immediate response to April Pulley Sayre's new book, Rah Rah Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant (Beach Lane Books, 2011). He quickly memorized the entire book and wants to "read" it by himself over and over on daily basis.
There is something hilarious about hearing a toddler's singsong voice chanting, "Rah rah radishes! Red and white. / Carrots are calling. Take a bite! / Oh boy bok choy! Brussels sprout. / Broccoli. Cauliflower. Shout it out!" Or imagine your wee tot reciting, "Onion. Scallion. Leek and shallot. / Grab that garlic. Please your palate!" (That one still makes me laugh whenever he says it.) Gorgeous photographs of brightly colored produce--including some unexpected choices like kohlrabi, fennel and rutabagas--accompany the rollicking text that remains fresh, even after multiple readings. And although we have been practicing not yelling in the house, even I can't resist shouting out the last page with my son: "Veggies rock!"
Most impressive of all, the thrill of the book has resulted in him trying more vegetables. The other day, he actually asked to taste a piece of asparagus without any prompting. Ok, so he spit it out immediately, but hey, it was still exciting!