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Let's Read: Eating the Alphabet - Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z (Spanish Version)


The handout and discussion questions are in Spanish. Instructions are in English.


Children will learn about the variety of fruits and vegetables.

Children will try at least one new fruit or vegetable.

Parents will be able to observe methods of reading to children.

Note: While the book, Eating the Alphabet, is for children one to five, the activities in the lesson will work best with two to five year olds.


Book: Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert. Voyager Books, Harcourt, Brace and Company. San Diego 1989. Big Book, $14.95. Smaller version, $4.95.

apple bullet Let's Read at Home!
apple bullet "Fruits and Vegetables" sheets for parents.


Tasting: Whole fruits and vegetables as described in the book, sharp knife, paper plates, soap, water or a prepackaged hand wipe for clean hands.

Looking: A variety of apples such as golden, red and green. Foods made from apples such as applesauce, apple pie, applebutter, etc. Bowls, plates. knives and spoons. (Other fruits or vegetable can also be used for this activity.)

Coloring: "Fruits and Vegetables" coloring sheets (attached), crayons or magic markers.

Making a placemat: 8-1/2" by 14" pieces of paper, colors or magic markers, clear plastic stretch wrap or contact paper.


Contact your local library. Find out if Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is available. If it is not, get a list of books on nutrition for children from one to five years of age. You may want to put a copy of the book in your WIC lending library for clients to use.

TEACHING TIP: Let the children participate while reading the book. Have whole fruits and vegetables in the book on hand for them to see, touch and smell as you read about them.


1. Introduce the lesson to the parents. Tell them that you will be reading to their children today. Afterward you will be doing an activity based on the book. Let parents know that they can also read to their children at home. Tell parents if Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z is available in the WIC library or their local library. Encourage them to read either this book or another with their child.

Let parents know that at the end of the lesson they will get an activity sheet which they can take home. They will be able to do the activities with their child. The activities expand on concepts in the book and will make the book a part of their child's life. This will help their child later in school when they begin to read. It will also teach them more about healthy eating.

2. Show the children the cover of the book. Let them know that Lois Ehlert both wrote and illustrated the book. Ask them questions like:

  • ¿Qué significa comerse el abecedario?
  • ¿Qué son las ilustraciones del frente y de atrás en las pastas del libro.
  • ¿Qué es el abecedario?

3. Show the children the letter of the alphabet on the page. Use the teaching tip above, or with the help of the children in the class, name the fruits and vegetables in the book.

Other questions to ask are:

  • ¿A quién conoces que come (nombre la fruta o vegetal)?
  • ¿Dónde consigues el (nombre de la fruta o vegetal) que comes en tu casa?
  • ¿Cuándo comes (nombre de la fruta o vegetal)?
  • ¿A qué sabe (nombre de la fruta o vegetal)?
  • ¿Está (nombre de la fruta o vegetal) es grande o pequeña?
  • ¿Tu mamá cocina (nombre de la fruta o vegetal)?
  • ¿Cuál es tu fruta favorita?

4. Activities to do in class:

Pick one of these to do with the children in addition to reading the book.

TASTING: Show the children the fruits and vegetables which you bought for the lesson. You can have extra ones to pass around for them to feel and explore. Cut up the fruits and vegetables which you have and let the children taste them. Make sure that the children wash their hands before they eat or use a prepackaged hand wipe.

LOOKING: Show the children several varieties of apples such as red, golden delicious and green Granny Smiths. Let the children hold each types of apple to see what it is like. Ask the children what other foods are made from apples. Examples you could show are applesauce, apple pie, applebutter, baked apples, among other foods.

COLORING: Let the children color the "Fruits and Vegetables" sheet and take it home. They can put the sheet up on the refrigerator or on the table where they eat. It will serve as reminder of at least one fruit or vegetable they can eat each day.

MAKING PLACEMATS: Use legal size paper (8-1/2' by 14") to make a placemat the children can take home. Let the children color one of the fruits or vegetables which they would like to eat on the placemat. Cover the drawing with clear plastic stretch wrap or contact paper to make a placemat for the child to use at home.

5. Activities to do at home:

Give the parents the Let's Read at Home! sheet which is attached. Here is a further explanation of the sheet so that you can discuss it with parents:

"1. Pida prestado el libro Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z (Comiendo el Alfabeto: Frutas y Vegetales de la A a la Z,) de Lois Ehlert de su biblioteca local. Léalo otra vez con sus hijos(as)."

Los niños disfrutan leyendo el mismo libro varias veces y continuarán aprendiendo de él. Un niño en cualquier edad se podrá beneficiar leyendo este libro. Los niños pequeños aprenderán cuando voltear la página y los niños más grandes pueden hablar con sus padres según van leyendo el libro.

Besides the local library, your Local Agency WIC lending library can have the book for clients to borrow. If the book is not available give parents a listing of other books on nutrition to read at home with their children which are available in the WIC library or the local library.

"2. Durante el próximo viaje a la tienda, deje que sus hijos elijan dos frutas o vegetales para que la familia los coma. A los niños les gusta comer los alimentos que ellos ayudaron a seleccionar."

Los niños estarán más dispuestos a comer alimentos que ellos hayan ayudado a seleccionar opreparar. Dejando que los niños elijan las frutas o vegetales les ayudará para que prueben otros nuevos. También los niños comenzarán a hacer sus propias elecciones de alimentos saludables.

Cuando los padres les ofrecen un nuevo alimento, ofreciendo "una prueba pequeña" al principio puede funcionar mejor. Esto puede tomar muchas pruebas de nuevos alimentos antes de que los niños desarrollen un gusto por algo nuevo, aún si ellos ayudan a seleccionarlos en la tienda.

"3. Deje que su hijo(a) de tres o cuatro años practique haciendo círculos o líneas rectas en una hoja de papel. Esto le ayudará a prepararse para escribir el alfabeto en la escuela."

Los círculos y líneas son elementos básicos que su hijo(as) necesita para formar las letras del alfabeto. La práctica antes de ir a la escuela ayudará a hacer más fácil la tarea de escribir el alfabeto.

"4. Deje que su hijo dibuje las hojas "Frutas y Vegetales" que WIC le dio. Coloque las hojas donde usted coma. Ellas les recordarán a sus hijos comer bien todos los días."

Esta hoja animará a sus hijos a comer frutas y vegetales. También es un recordatorio para que la familia coma más frutas y vegetales.

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Last updated January 05, 2011