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How Does My Fruit Grow?

September 2018
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    4th September 2018
  • ISBN 9781782504726
  • Language French
  • Pages 40 pp.
  • Size 11.6" x 10.8"

Sophie loves visiting her aunt and uncle in the countryside and learning all about the fruits that grow in their garden—strawberries, red currants, and cranberries. She even discovers how a tall cherry tree grows from a small seed, and how bees help blossoms become fruit.

She is sad when her family moves south, but starts to enjoy her new garden with its different plants and trees. Soon Sophie makes friends with her neighbors, who help her harvest melons, grapes, figs, oranges, and pomegranates.

At school, Sophie and her classmates learn about tropical fruits and nuts from all over the world—bananas, coconuts, cashews, pineapples, and many more.

This superb companion to Gerda Muller's beloved How Does My Garden Grow? is full of beautiful and fascinatingly detailed illustrations.

The simple story is both informative and entertaining. It's perfect for teaching children where food comes from, and for inspiring interest in the wonderful diversity of the world around us.

(Ages 4 to 7 years)

“An extraordinarily beautiful and informative book. 5/5 stars.”
Window into Books 

“Packed with lovely illustrations and a wealth of information about the different fruits from different regions...whether shared as a group, or browsed at leisure, there is a wonderful world of information awaiting young readers. I certainly learnt a great deal!”
Early Years Educator 

“The illustrations of the fruits are done in botanical-style and...are exquisite in beauty and detail. I would recommend this for parents to explore with their children, as there is just so much information here about anyone and everyone's favorite fruit and how they grow. 5 stars.”
Youth Services Book Review 

“. . . invites readers to join Sophie as she learns all about fruit! Through the seasons, readers will learn about everything from juicy cherries and plump peaches to bold figs and delicate olives...introduces the tasks involved with harvesting and processing fruit all while offering facts about history and production.”
New York Botanical Garden 

“How Does My Fruit Grow? is a superb companion picture book to Gerda Muller's beloved 'How Does My Garden Grow?' and is a storytelling showcase of beautiful, and fascinatingly detailed, illustrations. The simple story, both informative and entertaining, is perfect for teaching children ages 4 to 7 where food comes from, and for inspiring interest in the wonderful diversity of the world around us. Charmingly delightful and entertainingly informative, How Does My Fruit Grow? is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”
Midwest Book Review 

“Each page is filled with colorful images of fruit with labels and fun facts. There is a lot to explore and read on each page.... I can see this book being used in a classroom studying plants, cultures and even health.”
NetGalley, Educator 


“It's a wonderful book which my daughter loved and started reading immediately. It's colorful and educational, yet written in a very simple and easy to understand language.”
Green Kiddie blog 

'If your children think they would like to have a vegetable garden this spring, How Does My Garden Grow, written and illustrated by Gerda Muller, shows how gardening can be an adventure with feasts to behold as vegetables mature and reach edible size. The story is accompanied and bordered by all sorts of instructive, labeled drawings and lists of all things gardening, very entertaining and informative.”
Vermont Country Sampler 

“This warm story of a child's summer at her grandparents' French country farm lovingly describes basic gardening techniques.... This combination of engaging story and gardening information will delight and teach readers.”
School Library Journal 

“The illustrations of vegetables are easy to recognize and name—and the recipes simple and look delicious!”
Kindling, The Journal for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Care and Education 

“A bright book to teach children where our food comes from.”

Gerda Muller

Gerda Muller was born in 1926 in Naarden, Holland. She attended the Fine Arts School of Amsterdam and Ecole Estienne of Paris. She has illustrated over 120 books for children and her books have been translated into many languages. She is the illustrator of the Seasons board books, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, A Year Around the Great Oak, and Where Do They Go When It Rains? (all Floris Books).