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I Spy Fruit
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Author: Angela Russ-Ayon

Illustration: still color photography


I Spy with My Little Eye: Fruit,

a Seek and Find Early Science and Math Experience


Colorful photographs help young children identify a variety of fruit while being introduced to basic science and math concepts. On each page, there is a different option to consider and discuss. Children who spy thawed fruit will also spy frozen fruit. Those who spy fruit that is purple will also see other fruit colors. By comparing and contrasting the fruit in the book and in their world, children can better understand the characteristics, similarities, differences, and relationships between them. Compare and contrast is a strategy that can be used to introduce basic concepts such as size, shape, color, texture, and positions in space. This type of thinking helps young children develop analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. In addition, it can enhance the language skills used to describe what they observe. 

Repeatedly looking at picture books about fruits and vegetables with parents enhances young children's visual preferences toward the foods in the book and influences their willingness to taste these foods (Houston-Price et al., 2009b).


I Spy Fruit is an effective way to excite young children about healthy eating. It is also a great addition to any fruit, gardening, harvest, nutrition, food group, or life science theme for parents of young children or preschool and early childhood educators.

Children can interpret some of the concepts using their bodies: stretch their bodies high, drop them low, make a circle with their arms, make a triangle with their hands, freeze in place, or use everyday tools and physical science experiments to express their understanding of STEM concepts.

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Discover creative ways to connect this concept book to a theme, curriculum, activity, experiment, and any other aspects of a child’s life. Give children time, space, and materials to explore fruit on their own. It's as simple as freezing fruit in an ice tray, seeing if fruit will float, or using cookie cutters to shape fruit for a healthy snack.

Bulk Orders: This title is available in bulk for early childhood and nutrition programs, conferences, non-profit initiatives, licensing, or grants that promote healthy eating, fruits and vegetables, gardening, farm-to-table, STEM initiatives, and anti-obesity. Contact the publisher ( | Russ InVision Co.) directly for quotes, orders, and discounted pricing.

Each time you read the book, make new discoveries together, beyond what is stated on each page. What do you notice? Look at positions, shapes, colors, textures, sizes, fruit mixed in with vegetables, and the many characteristics of fruit.  How is the fruit the same or different? Why do you think the fruit is that shape? Why do you think fruit is so colorful? There are no wrong answers.


Use open-ended inquiry to nurture a child’s innate curiosity while navigating through the pages.

Included in this picture book are facts about fruit, a reader’s guide, and suggestions for open-ended inquiry.


Print our shopping list children  paste on, stick on, scribble on, or write on.

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Print our shopping list filled with colorful images of fruits and veggies that little ones can circle.

$12.99 Paperback


ISPYF-E  Paperback


ISBN: 978-1-958627-03-7 Ingram

Format: Full Color Picture Book

8.5" x 8.5"

Age: 3 and up


Also available in Spanish with English Translation

Espío Frutas: Una Experiencia de Buscar y Encontrar en las Ciencias y las Matemáticas Tempranas (un Libro Ilustrado para Niños)

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ISPYF-S  Paperback

Spanish with English Translation

ISBN: 978-1958627-93-8 Ingram

Format: Full Color Picture Book

8.5" x 8.5"

Age: 3 and up


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