Pickle Words

Crunchy, Punchy Pickles and Poetry

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Pub Date Jul 16 2024 | Archive Date Jul 16 2024

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This sweet and spicy celebration of all things pickled is the perfect poetry picture book for foodies of all ages!

Open this book to savor a riotous rainbow of pickles. Not just green cucumbers, but yellow peppers, pink cabbages, and purple plums! Pickles come in all shapes and sizes—and so do the words that describe them.  

Punchy poetry and zesty art tell the story of a diverse community drawn together by their love of pickles. From kosher dills to sweet chutney to tangy kimchi, Pickle Words describes them all in this global tour of pickled foods. Back matter includes the science of pickling, an easy recipe for refrigerator pickles, and a visual glossary of pickles from around the world.
This sweet and spicy celebration of all things pickled is the perfect poetry picture book for foodies of all ages!

Open this book to savor a riotous rainbow of pickles. Not just green cucumbers, but...

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This is a cute and fun book about pickles! I liked that it contained facts about different kinds of pickles throughout.
The illustrations are fun too and go along well.

Thanks NetGalley for this ARC.

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I don't think it's weird to love pickles, especially after reading this fantastic picture book. It was fun to read about how pickling is done, but my favorite parts were the ones telling about the many different kinds of pickled dishes around the world. Pickles can make so many dishes better! Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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With cute illustrations and a clever selection of words, this appealing poetry book showcases pickles in all their delicious diversity.

Spanning the globe, it explores how different cultures produce diverse but equally delicious offerings to complete their heritage traditions, from mouth-watering chutney to piquant pickled cucumbers and spicy kimchi! It gets 3.5 stars.

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"Pickle Words" written by April Pulley Sayre is an exceptional book that offers a plethora of valuable lessons. The book explores the fascinating world of pickles and delves into their unique characteristics. For example, the author notes that pickles can come in different shapes, such as straight, curved, or bent. Additionally, Sayre suggests that you can clean, sort, and soak pickles before you enjoy their deliciousness. The book also touches on different types of pickles, such as Kimchi, a Korean dish that is often served with pickles. Sayre also discusses Piccalilli and Chowchow, which are popular condiments that pair well with pickles. The author covers all of these topics in a captivating and engaging way that is sure to keep readers interested. Moreover, Sayre includes various types of Pickle poetry, websites, recipes, and vocabulary words in the book. The author makes learning about pickles fun and exciting for young readers by including rhyming words that are easy to remember. Additionally, the book provides definitions on some pages, making it simpler for younger readers to understand.

Jialei Sun's illustrations are another highlight of the book. The colorful and eye-catching drawings are sure to capture the attention of children and enhance their reading experience. Overall, "Pickle Words" is an excellent addition to any home or school library that is sure to leave a lasting impression on its readers.

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Thank you to Netgalley, publisher, and author for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

The cover is cute, amusing, colorful, and appealing to both adult and child readers. The graphics are vivid, unique, and complement the poetry text. I enjoyed the paper slips throughout the book that describe the pickled foods, such as bumpy, fresh, and juicy, because they are educational and provide a terrific learning experience about the various ways one may describe foods. The short and medium-length rhyming style is easy to read and understand, making it a quick and educational read for both children and adults.
I enjoyed how the author and illustrator represented diversity in this book, from the people to the dishes. I liked seeing the illustrations of the kids participating in the pickling process because it demonstrates a method for families of all ages and sizes to spend time together while trying something new or keeping a traditional dish or activity alive in their household. I admired and liked how the author dedicated pages at the conclusion to the many foods that were pickled and referenced in the novel, as well as gave other resources for people to learn more about pickling and pickled foods. Pickle Words: Cruncy, Punchy Pickles, and Poetry, written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Jialei Sun, is a wonderful short poetry book that would be ideal for children and adults who enjoy pickling, pickled foods, gardening, or food in general, or who want to purchase a book that will provide learning opportunities about these topics and possibly more in the future.

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The book was beautifully written. The author made careful word choices that were very impactful. Overall, the book was well written and I did really enjoy it.

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Kids love poetry books and food is a great topic for them. This has a poem for everything pickle related and is fun, colorful, and engaging. I know I’ll be gifting it to one of my pickle loving teacher besties.

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I enjoyed how the book had a fun rhyming side as well as an educational aspect as well. The pictures were so vivid and colorful, it would attract a child's attention. I feel like I learnt something myself.

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Nice book, fun rhyming words, great span of international cultures. Not just "American" cucumber and vinegar pickles but different vegetables and how they are pickled in different countries.

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It is an adorable poem about pickling with stunning illustrations and captions that will teach children how to pickle.

The only real question about this book is whether to add it to my outdated poetry section or my meager cooking section!

Thank you to Net Galley and Charlesbridge for the eARC!

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Thank you NetGalley, Charlesbridge, and April Pulley Sayre for the early access copy of Pickle Words.

Pickle Words is a delightful story of pickling and the variety of types of pickles that exist. This is an inclusive story that shows different types of pickles from around the world. It includes a rhyming story, fact-based descriptions on what is taking place on the page, and beautiful and diverse imagery. At the end of the book there is a bonus of a pickling recipe and information on different kinds of pickling. This will be a great read aloud and tool. for schools and libraries to show rhyming stories, types of vegetables, different foods from around the world, and pickles!

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Pickles are kind of amazing: just put vegetables in jars with vinegar or brine, and after some time has passed, wow, a whole new flavor. This fun book combines a love of pickles with a love of words and adds a ton of fun facts to sweeten the deal (even though pickles are sour). The rhythm of the poetry has a few awkward moments, but it's still a lot of fun to read and explore, and the artwork is zesty throughout.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

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