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Cris Arbo received her BA from William Paterson University in New Jersey with a major in Art and a minor in Theatre Arts. She worked as a background artist on animated feature films, cartoons and TV commercials in New York and London, and as an Art Director for The Dance Centre, Covent Garden. She also performed as vocalist with the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony.
Cris has four daughters and lives in Virginia where she continues to paint murals, book and magazine illustrations, advertising and private commissions, as well as giving school and conference presentations.
Good food doesn't begin on a store
shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds,
smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more
interesting when children know where they come from. So what s in the
garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty,
kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A food
for thought section presents interesting facts about each fruit and
vegetable, and a how does your garden grow? section explains facts about
gardening and the parts of plants.
From School Library Journal Rhythmic poetry gives one-page clues that answer the title question.. . . Very, very close-up, realistic illustrations show children thoroughly enjoying the garden's bounty-saliva drips onto an apple being crunched, lettuce sticks out of an African American boy's teeth, broccoli drenched in dip fills the mouth of an Asian American boy. There's a recipe for each fruit or vegetable-e.g., garlic mashed potatoes, blueberry pie, and ants on a log. . . . Four pages for adults are filled with ideas for using the book with children.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.
From Booklist The predictable answer to the title question? Fruits and vegetables! This attractive introduction to 12 edible plants is intended to stimulate healthy eating among kids. A four-line rhyme poses a question, and the next page provides the answer along with a boxed recipe and an illustration of a child preparing or eating it. For example: “It’s usually brown, way down in the soil. / You scrub it to bake it, or peel it to boil. / It doesn’t have ears, but does have eyes— / It’s really a favorite when mashed or as ‘fries.’” . . . The realistic, brightly colored paintings depict multicultural children (many missing baby teeth) and use icons for each ingredient. Safety cautions start with the section titled Lets Get Cookin and pick up with the books last two lines: “Try the recipes in this book, / And with a grownup start to cook.” . . . Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins --
"What's In The Garden?" AWARDS
2014 Teacher's Choice Award (Click to read)
2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book
Award, Gold - Non-Fiction Picture Book
2013 Gelett Burgess Award (Gardening/Outdoors)
2013 NABE - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - children's interest
2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award - Cooking & Food
2013 - Children's Literary Classics - Gold Award
2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award - winner- (Childrens Picture Book)
2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award - Honorable Mention (Children's Picture Book, Ages 6 & Older)
2013 -Florida Publishers Association -Presidents Award - Finalist (Children's Non-Fiction Category)
2013- Living Now Book Awards (Gold Award - Children's Non-Fiction)
2014- Learning Magazine - Teacher's Choice Award
All Cris Arbo's Books are Titles
ISBN-10: 1584691190 ISBN-13: 978-1584691198
Smithsonian Magazine 2010 Notable Books For Children|
LA's Green Book Festival Honorable Mention (biography)
Disney's iParenting Media Award
Nashville Book Festival Honorable Mention (non-fiction)
New England Book Festival Honorable Mention (non-fiction)
Mom's Choice Award, Gold
Missouri State Teachers Association Reading Circle Program
Paperback ISBN-10: 1584691158 ISBN-13: 978-1584691150
Skipping Stones Honor Award
CBC/NSTA Science Trade Book
Disney's iParenting Media Award
The National Izaak Walton League Book Of The Year Award
The Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Silver
Mom's Choice Award, Gold
Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Nominee
From Ann Harman, President, Virginia State Beekeepers Assn.,
"...truly a beauty ... This book is sheer enjoyment for all ages."
From Liz Rosenberg, Boston Globe -
"... , a close-up look at the lives of honey bees in a nice new oversize paperback edition. Cris Arbo's big, bright illustrations are in the spirit of fine old botanical prints, lovely. . ."
-From Lori Titus, "The Bee Lady", Beefolks.com-
I consider it an excellent book... well-designed for a wide range of reading abilities.... I cannot speak highly enough of the illustrations."
-From Eric Brown, Beekeeper, Milk & Honey Farm -
"It's rare, very rare, to see children's books about bees that portray bees in a simple, fun-spirited, child-accessible way without falling into misinformation and misrepresentations. I love all the artwork!"
-From Kirkus Reviews-
"Simple rhymes and striking full-bleed illustrations introduce the daily lives of honeybees to very young readers and listeners. Arbo's detailed paintings show vistas of a bucolic farm visited by oversized honeybees, glorious flowers, and close-ups of a hive inside a tree."
-From Kim Hutmacher, Chicken Spaghetti - "This book would make a nice addition to any classroom unit on insects, the honeybee life cycle or animal families."
-From M.A. Butler, Artist, Author, Educator, (N Hollywood, CA) - "This little book is a gem-the colors are so vibrant, and I just love the artwork. I really appreciate it when a children's book also has appeal for the adult who is reading it aloud, over, and over, and over, again! This one's a classic!"