Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Secret Life of Veggies! Par-Tay: Dance of the Veggies (and Their Friends)! by Eloise Greenfield

The head of cabbage, sitting in the fridge,
hears the front door close,
hears the click of the key
turning the lock....

He opens the refrigerator door,
He looks out and sees in the moonlight,
his people getting into their car.....

When the folks are away.
The veggies PAR-TAY!

Cabbage is obviously the, er, head of this hoedown.

He rocks and rolls all 'round the kitchen.
Eggplant takes the piano,
Basil takes the bass.

All the dancers take their place. Green Bean hip-hops all around the scene. Baby Limas do the Toddle. Chili Peppers salsa, and their moves are hot--but Zucchini's Disco dance is cool as a cucumber.
The Sweet Potato Sisters
As sweet as pie,
Curtsy with a sigh

Who knew that fruits and veggies do the Boogaloo?

Eloise Greenfield clearly knew they do, in her jolly veggie tale, PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies (And Their Friends) (Alazar Press, 2018). With fifty years as a children's literature standout, author Greenfield still has all her moves, even adding an appendix that explains the difference between fruits (they have seeds--even eggplants and squash) and vegetables (all the rest of the plant--from roots and stems to leaves and flowers), and even those current nutritional stars--arugula, kale, and chard--take a twirl on the dance floor. Illustrator Don Tate's dancing produce add to the fun, and young readers learn to recognize what's chillin' in their own fridges. Says Kirkus Reviews, "A rousing read-aloud begging for enthusiastic performers."

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