At first glance, it may look like a shameless attempt to appeal to health-conscious parents rather than their offspring (“Look, children – vegetables are yummy! It says so right here!”) – but although there is a definite desktop publishing feel to the pages, this book is much more than yet another passenger on the lucrative five-a-day-focused publishing bandwagon. Before we get down to the business of actually eating the good stuff, various friendly, edible characters dance across the generously sized and robust pages, encouraging children to compare shapes and colours; count smaller numbers and try and imagine larger ones; consider notions of ‘up’ and ‘down’, ‘big’ and ‘small’, and time; and of course, identify the veggies themselves. Why not use some of the ideas to inspire real-life nursery activities?
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