Author Katherine Pryor and artist Anna Raff followup with their first book, Sylvia's Spinach, with this playful story of a child who discovers not only the wonder of growing food but the satisfaction of growing a community.
Shelf Awareness, says "Zora's Zucchini satisfies every appetite with its clean, happy storyline and whimsical illustrations." and Tom Watson, EcoConsumer, writes "We’ll never make headway with the pressing environmental issues of our time – such as climate change, community-building and food waste – without brilliant, fun little books like Zora’s Zucchini ." A Whole Kids Foundation Book Club selection for April 2016.
Soon, Zora has another great idea- she trades some zucchinis with her neighbor who is growing tomatoes, and then sets up a veggie swap for all the people in her neighborhood. Zora's venture brings them all together and provides great diversity of homegrown vegetables and fruits. The book ends by addressing food waste with what you can do if your garden grows too much!
What I loved: The story is really fun and easy to follow for young readers. They will appreciate the fun of the growing garden and the sharing of the zucchinis. It is always great to see healthy foods featured in a positive way in children's books, and I loved the focus and joy around vegetables and fruits. The length makes this book great for a variety of readers from toddlers through elementary schoolers, and the illustrations are cute and full of delightful details.
Final verdict: With a focus on veggies and the fun of growing your own, ZORA'S ZUCCHINI features friends, good food, and summer joy. This delightful read is great for picture book readers of all ages.