OLAF HAJEK’S FANTASTIC FRUITS
By: Annette Roeder
Published: April 5, 2022
Publisher: Prestel Junior
Today is “Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day” and I can’t think of a better book to convince you to do that than a book by Olaf Hajek. I’ve previously shared his book, VEGGIE POWER and the two together make an excellent set to encourage eating and growing fruits and vegetables.
There is so much color that every turn of the page just “WOWS” the reader. Featuring 26 different fruits, kids will learn their origin country, other names, myths about the fruit, and how to eat them. I was thrilled to see a gooseberry featured in the book. I’m guessing most kids have never even heard of a gooseberry. But, we had them in the woods where I grew up. We had many muffins and pies made from the gooseberries that we picked. I haven’t tasted one in years and now I’m craving that burst of sweet and sour from a fresh-picked gooseberry.
Did you know that the strawberry gets its name from the practice of protecting the berries from below with a layer of straw. Hence, the straw-berry. I’ve recently been buying and freezing kiwi slices since finding out their high levels of Vitamin C. One kiwi fruit has as much as a lemon, grapefruit, and orange combined!
The book ends with a splendid fairy tale about the pineapple. Using this book and the information about each fruit offers a great way to get your child excited about trying various fruits including the ones that are not quite as common. They may just find a new favorite fruit. Note, this is an oversized book but very high quality with thicker pages and, as I’ve already mentioned, amazing, frame-worthy art inside.
Annette Roeder, architect and mother of three children, is the successful illustrator and author of numerous children’s books. She has been writing art and architecture books for children, picture books, and children’s books, as well as novels for adults for over twenty years. She lives with her family on the outskirts of Munich, Germany.
Olaf Hajek is an award-winning painter and illustrator whose work has been exhibited in Germany, the US, and South Africa. His list of commercial clients includes The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Bombay Sapphire, Anthropologie, Mont Blanc, Macy’s, and Hermes.