Off to the Market: A Celebration of Markets, Cooking, and Fresh Food
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About the Author
Alice Oehr is a graphic artist from Melbourne. Her distinct colorful style incorporates her love of food, pattern, collage, and drawing. Many of her ideas have made their way onto textiles, homewares, magazines, and books. Off to the Market is her first children's book.
"Alice Oehr's beautifully illustrated picture book, Off to the Market, explores a trip to a food market, teaching children about the produce, what can be made with it, as well as the journey to our tables ... introduces fun facts and new discoveries."
"During market season, Sunday is our day to visit our local farmers market and this book makes me long for warmer days at the market. Off to the Market by Alice Oeher is a celebration of markets and fresh food. But also importantly the connections made with the people who produce that food and the community it creates ... The illustrations are fantastic. There is a beautiful, brilliant electric orange color that carries through the book from the market bag on the front cover to the lines that cross off the items on the shopping list to do many more delightful details."
"The most vibrant and fun look at a visit to the farmer's market. Littles will enjoy identifying all the different fruits, veggies, bread, and more as they flip through!"
"Off to the Market creates an approachable environment for children to learn just what to do at a market. This is also an excellent resource for learning about different types of fruits and vegetables without an overly moral approach to eating 'good' or 'healthy' food. Instead, the book favors information about flavors, colors, textures and growing conditions: 'sage has a strong flavor that goes well with rich ingredients like pumpkin and butter'. With Oehr's bright illustrations of wholefoods and her depiction of a multicultural community, Off to the Market is one of my favorite children's picture books of the year."
--Clare Millar, Readings
"Off to the Market presents wholesome, natural produce in a positive light and will stimulate children's play as well as encourage them to eat experimentally and well."
--Joy Lawn, Books+Publishing
"This beautiful nonfiction book is a feast of colour, introducing readers to the market experience and homegrown produce in a fun and interesting way."