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Oliver's fruit salad
French, Vivian.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Although he loves to help Grandpa pick fresh fruit, Oliver will not eat any until one day Mom prepares something very special in a big glass bowl.
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain"--page facing t.p.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 32983.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Oliver, when offered Canned juice by his mother, extols the virtue of fresh produce-specifically that grown by his grandfather -- to such an extent that his mother spirits him off to the market where they stock up with heaps of tasty fruit. But on returning home Oliver finally mentions that he doesn't actually Eat fruit, he is just sure that fresh is better than processed, and his Grandpa's is the best. Just before his mother clobbers him (not really, but she is exasperated), the grandparents arrive and make fruit salad and don't offer Oliver any. So, being a child, he wants some. In fact, he has three helpings. Hooray!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Fussy Oliver, fresh from his appearance in Oliver's Vegetables (1995), has learned there's more to food than French fries, but he's still pretty picky. When his mother offers him canned pears and fruit juice, he can't help but remember the fruit in his grandfather's garden. A trip to the grocery story with Mom seems to be the solution, until droll Oliver admits that what he really liked was helping Grandpa, not eating fruit. Fruit salad, however, which he makes with Mom and his grandparents, turns out to be a different story. The straightforward text is personalized with simple dialogue that should make reading aloud fun, and Bartlett's sturdy, unbordered double-page-spread paintings, in a style so unaffected that it resembles children's own artwork, are a rainbow of fruit colors--strawberry red, lemon yellow, lime green, and more. Great for lap sharing or use with small groups. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Oliver enjoys helping his grandfather grow and pick fruit from the garden, but even though he sings the praises of the bountiful produce, he won't eat any of it. Puzzled, his mother just smiles and keeps on trying to entice him to taste fruit, not just talk about it. That is until Grandpa comes to visit and enlists Oliver's aid in making a big, colorful fruit salad; it is so irresistible that the boy consumes three bowls full. Acrylic illustrations are bold, bright, and full of childlike appeal. A suitable selection for finicky eaters.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.