Is it the Sun or the Sea? Oh! Yes! It’s the watermelon I see!

July is considered to be the Watermelon month, but here in Greece, it’s the beginning of the real watermelon harvests. If you wonder about the first recorded watermelon harvest, well it occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings! That’s so cool, indeed!To taste a watermelon is to know “what the angels eat,” Mark Twain proclaimed.

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This sweet fruit with the refreshing flavor was bitter with hard, pale-green flesh, generations of selective breeding, spanning several countries and cultures, produced the sweet red fruit. If you wonder about Watermelon well here are some facts to read and some books on watermelon, too!

The thing is, watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin B6, which is vital for normal brain function. Moreover, the water percentage in this delicious fruit is similar to the water percentage in the brain.

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Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A, which is great for your eyes. It helps to boost your eyesight power,  keep your eyes healthy and your eyesight sharp.

Add watermelon to your summer salads and smoothies, grill it or eat it raw, just feel the joy of crunching it!Eating watermelon or drinking watermelon juice each day is one of the most delicious ways to stay hydrated during hot summer months!

Don’t miss reading while eating watermelon!

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”Happiness is a watermelon on your Head” by Daniel Hahn.

A cauliflower hat, a fish bonnet, a few large animals, a flying boar called Melvin and a whole lot of watermelons.  To the villagers who watch her going about her day, it is clear that Miss Jolly is irritatingly happy. Her never-ending cheerfulness leaves three of her neighbors highly confused and jealous, driving them to ridiculous and hilarious measures in an attempt to compete with Miss Jolly in the happiness – and headgear – stakes. Beautiful and insane in equal measure, this wacky book follows three local busybodies on their journey to discover the secret of true happiness!

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”Watermelon Party” by Jasmine Cabanaw.

Watermelon Party is based on a real event that happened at Rocky Ridge Refuge. On July 4th, Janice put out a watermelon, and one by one the animals gathered around the watermelon, sharing in its juicy sweetness side by side, despite their differences in species and size. It is the perfect story of friendship, love, animal rescue, and good, old summertime fun! There is also a bonus game of “Duck, duck, goose!” A little duckling rides in on the first animal. In each illustration, the duckling is sitting on a different animal, until the very end, when the duck lands on a surprised goose. The writing style is light and fun. The repetitive rhyming scheme will help children with their reading skills and learn action words.

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”Peter ‘Spit’ a Seed at Sue” by Jackie French Koller.

Irresistible summer fun!

Just then we heard a fella yellin??
He was sellin? watermelon! . . .
We chomped and slurped
And gulped and burped,
Then Peter spit a seed at Sue. . . .

Four friends turn a boring summer day into a rollicking, watermelon-seed?spitting adventure that takes them all the way into the town square, where everyone can?t help joining in on the fun. But when the mayor arrives, will she put a stop to it all?

 

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”One Watermelon Seed” by Celia Barker Lottridge.

Max and Josephine tend their garden while readers follow along, counting from one to ten as the garden is planted. Then readers can count in groups of tens as the garden is harvested, while they search through the pictures for the many small animals that are hiding throughout. A concise and clever text introduces color and rhythm, and the illustrations are bright and engaging, making this a perfect counting book for children.

 

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”The Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli.

This book introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. This book is highly engaging with its whimsical illustrations and ability to capture and calm feelings of anxiety with humor and a wild imagination. The best part of all is the crocodile’s burps!

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”Watermelon Wishes” by Lisa Moser.

When Grandpap teaches Charlie how to plant watermelon seeds in the spring, Charlie hopes they’ll grow a “Wishing Watermelon.” Grandpap has never heard of such a thing, and when he asks Charlie what he would wish for, Charlie won’t tell. Through a whole summer of biking, fishing, basketball, and waiting for watermelons together, Grandpap tries to guess his grandson’s harvest wish.

Lush, vivid paintings evoke the friendship, teamwork, and affection between grandfather and grandson as they share their wisdom and this special summer together.

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”Watermelon Day” by Kathi Appelt.

Here’s a book that encourages patience as you watch young Jesse wait all summer long for her watermelon to ripen.  You can almost taste the sweet juicy fruit as she anticipates biting into it for her family’s annual watermelon day, time for fun and tasty watermelon!

 

Till next month’s Rock Post, do read as many books as you can, play on the beach and have tasty bites of watermelon.

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