Hello, friends! Our book today is Who Eats Orange? by Dianne White & Robin Page, a gorgeous and engaging look at colors, food, and wildlife.
Who eats orange? Rabbits do (carrots), and so do chickens (cantaloupe). Goats and pigs do, too! And gorillas- wait! Gorillas don’t eat orange, they eat green! In this rhythm, the reader follows the diets of different animals, large and small, from different areas around the globe – ocean, farm, forest, etc. – each themed around a different color. At last, the reader is shown a rainbow of food – all delicious natural foods of the human diet.
What a clever concept! It seems complicated, and feels a little hard to explain, but works so well in the finished product. JJ was eager to name both the colors and the animals, all of which are illustrated with stunning realism in mixed-media patterns and vibrant colors. The text that signaled the transition between colors was a little awkward to read aloud, and might have been phrased a little differently. It’s a minor complaint, more than made up for in the quality of art and information on the animals, their diets, and their habitats in the backmatter. The length was perfect for storytime, and JJ loved it. This is a really great book for learning about animals from around the world, reinforcing color concepts, and is just plain beautiful to look at. We definitely recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)