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How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat
Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Beach Lane Books

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"Rockliff’s snappy sentences and rollicking alliteration make this a fun read-aloud... A delectable delight daring readers to embrace the 80,000 species of Earth’s edible plants."

"Rockliff and Potter serve up a lively story of an independent woman of vision and the foods she shared with the world."

"This informative and engaging title may encourage children to try tasting unfamiliar fruits and veggies."

"This will be a delight for nascent foodies, a shift in perspective for picky eaters, and perhaps a subtle reminder that, for those experiencing food insecurity, even a plain apple is a really good apple."
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Try It coverMeet fearless Frieda Caplan—the produce pioneer who changed the way Americans eat by introducing exciting new fruits and vegetables, from baby carrots to blood oranges to kiwis—in this brightly illustrated nonfiction picture book!

In 1956, Frieda Caplan started working at the Seventh Street Produce Market in Los Angeles. Instead of competing with the men in the business with their apples, potatoes, and tomatoes, Frieda thought, why not try something new? Starting with mushrooms, Frieda began introducing fresh and unusual foods to her customers—snap peas, seedless watermelon, mangos, and more!

This groundbreaking woman brought a whole world of delicious foods to the United States, forever changing the way we eat. Frieda Kaplan was always willing to try something new—are you?

TRY IT! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat
By Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Picture Book
Beach Lane Books
ISBN  978-0763694104

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