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Let's go nuts! : seeds we eat
First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Reading Level:
120 L Lexile
Demonstrates how healthy eating can be both fun and appetizing, while sharing engaging facts about seeds and providing an additional section on how to help nut-sensitive friends stay safe.


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Book J 641.345 SAY 1 1
Book J 641.345 SAY 1 1
Book J 641.345 SAY 1 1
Book J 641.345 SAY 1 2
Book E 641.345 SAY 1 1

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This seed-themed companion to Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go, Grapes! proves that healthy eating can be both fun and delicious!

What do nuts, beans, grains, and even some spices have in common? They're all seeds--seeds we can eat! So get ready to greet lentils and limas, take a crack at coconuts and cashews, and say hi to rye and buckwheat. You'll soon be seeing seeds in a whole new way!

This seedy celebration comes complete with an author's note full of fascinating facts about seeds, including a section about nut allergies and how to help nut-sensitive friends and classmates stay safe and healthy.

Author Notes

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural history books for children and adults, including Raindrops Roll ; Best in Snow ; Full of Fall ; Rah, Rah, Radishes! ; Go, Go, Grapes! ; Let's Go Nuts! ; Warbler Wave ; Bloom Boom! ; and Being Frog . April and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure. Visit her at

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sayre builds on the success of Rah, Rah, Radishes! (2011) and Go, Go, Grapes! (2012, both S & S) with this cheerful foray into edible seeds. The zesty, rhyming text is paired with the author's appealing farmers' market photographs. Her creative layouts make even a pile of beans worth examining and admiring. The book design and colorful pages are a perfect complement to the photos, tying the package into a cohesive whole. This is an opportunity to introduce youngsters to foods they may not be familiar with, such as butternuts and quinoa, while celebrating the everyday, such as peanuts and corn. In the informative back matter, kids can learn the nitty gritty of nuts, grains, beans, and spices and get the answer to the burning question, "Why don't seeds we eat grow inside our stomachs?" The book is excellent storytime fun and perfect for any preschool or early elementary curriculum, providing a jumping-off point for discussions of food, farming, culture, and more. A rollicking, frolicking good time.-Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Keen for quinoa? / Wild for rice. / Buckwheat. Barley. / Time to spice!" Using spare, pumped-up rhymes, Sayre introduces seeds, nuts, grains, beans, and spices in this companion to Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go, Grapes!. Varying arrangements of the foods in the close-up color photos add visual interest. An appended note explains more about seeds and their uses. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

After tributes to veggies (Rah, Rah, Radishes, 2011) and fruit (Go, Go, Grapes, 2012), Sayre delivers another peppery blend of upbeat, celebratory rhymes and photos taken at local grocery shops and farmers markets. This time, the spotlight's on seeds. After the initial, two-couplet overture ("Bravo, black beans! / Rah, rah, rice! / Seeds are meals. / They're snacks. They spice!"), Sayre leads readers successively though arrays of legumes, nuts, grains and spices. The photographs show nuts and beans in decorative containers or juxtaposed in bins. Navy beans mingle near red ones, with a handful of runner beans scattered on top; almonds are shown in the shell and out, blanched, slivered and whole. The focus on real-life produce stands and markets yields many images of packaged and hand-labeled items: The grains section begins with a photo of bagged breads, pastas, and wheat and rye berries. While some of the pictured items won't be readily identifiable by children, the combination of short, pithy verse and artfully displayed food provides an excellent aid for classroom or family learning. To that end, Sayre (a veteran of school visits) provides an afterword that answers questions about the science and nutrition of seeds, nut allergies, cultural connections through food, and more. Another cheery, useful overview of real food from a first-rate science writer. (Informational picture book. 4-8)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

This companion book to Rah, Rah, Radishes! (2011) and Go, Go, Grapes! (2012) looks at edible seeds and finds lots to love about them. Seeds might not sound so tasty, but the nuts, beans, grains, and spices shown in Sayre's excellent color photos look irresistible. Arranged in bins, bags, bowls, and jars, the colorful, multitextured varieties become a feast for the eye, while the text chants an accompanying cheer that satisfies the ears with its rhythm and rhyme: Peanut, pine nut. / Go, nuts, go! / Chew cashew / or pistachio! / Greet your grains. / Hi, rye! Hi, wheat! / Boats of oats and corn to eat. Framed by solid-color borders and thin white lines, the beautifully composed photos often create their own rhythms through repetition of form and color. An appended three-page section offers a good deal of information on the edible seeds shown and refers readers to the author's website for a related bibliography. Fun for reading aloud, this handsome book is also a useful addition to curriculum units on seeds or nutrition.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist