I Spy with My Little Eye: Vegetables
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Author: Angela Russ-Ayon

Illustration: still color photography


I Spy with My Little Eye: Vegetables, an Early STEM Experience

Colorful photographs of vegetables abound in this simple introduction to nature’s bounty. Young children can learn to identify vegetables and become acquainted with basic STEM terminology, then expand upon or interpret the terms in different ways.

Children can interpret many of the STEM terminology using their bodies, like stretching long and tall, shrinking down short, spreading out wide, standing close to something, moving farther away, or using everyday objects to express their understanding of these simple concepts.


It’s 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. 


This is an effective way to get children excited about healthy eating as they identify, learn about, and differentiate between a variety of vegetables and their characteristics. Included in this 36-page picture book are facts about vegetables, a brief reader’s guide, and suggestions for open-ended inquiry.

Find creative ways to connect this concept book to a theme, curriculum, activity, experiment, and any other aspects of a child’s life. It's as simple as using a colander to wash dirty vegetables - or manipulating simple machines, such as a peeler or shredder.

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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 the vegetables, and characteristics of vegetables.  How do the vegetables differ? How are they the same? Where to the vegetables come from?  There are no wrong answers.

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 (AbridgeClub.com | Russ InVision Co.) directly for quotes, orders, and discounted pricing.

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

Included in this 36-page picture book are  facts about fruit, a reader’s guide, and suggestions for open-ended inquiry.

Also available in Spanish/English:

Espio con Mis Ojitos Vegetales,

una Experiencia Temprana de STEM

ISBN-13: 979-8645224189

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Vegetables can be tricky to define. Scientists who study plants (botanists) identify vegetables according to the edible part of the plant they come from, such as the leaves (lettuce), stems (celery), roots (carrots), flowers (broccoli), and tubers (potatoes). Under the botanical definition, edible plants with seeds, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, and even corn, are in fact fruits. But in the culinary world, and the average home, quite a few savory fruits with seeds are categorized as vegetables. If it’s usually cooked, not sweet, and eaten as a main course, then it’s a vegetable. This book corresponds with the common culinary distinctions between fruits and vegetables, but also looks at the parts of the plants from which they come.

$12.99 Paperback


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ISPYV-E Paperback


ISBN-13: 979-8607939533

Format: Full Color Picture Book

8.5" x 8.5"

Age: 3 and up


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.

Ideas for simple STEM connections and extensions.