Today I would like to introduce one of my favorite books, “Kudamono” (Fruits) which brings a gentle breeze to children’s hearts. Starring fruits that add color to the dinner table, this picture book is perfect for parents and children to read together while enjoying the wonders of color and shape.

¥770 (2024/04/10 22:43時点 | Amazon調べ)

Basic Information

  • Title: Kudamono
  • Author: Kazuko Hirayama
  • Illustrator: Kazuko Hirayama
  • Year of Publication: 1981
  • Publisher: Fukuinkan Shoten
  • Age Range: Toddlers and up


“Kudamono” is a brightly colored picture book in which delicious fruits are introduced on every page. The book makes the reader feel happy, and the fruits are familiar to everyone, such as watermelon, peach, grape, pear, apple, etc. The special thing is that the fruits are shown whole at first, and then cut and arranged for easy eating on the next page. What is special is that the fruits are first shown whole, and then cut or made ready to eat on the next page, where they are said, “Here you go. This picture book will make you enjoy the colors and shapes of the fruits, and will help you feel more familiar with food.


Kazuko Hirayama’s drawings are truly lush and one can imagine the taste of the fruits just by looking at them. Large, round watermelons and beautifully colored grapes. Every time you turn the page, a new fruit appears, surprising you with its beauty. Children will enjoy looking at the pictures and comparing them to actual fruits.

Discover and Learn

By reading this picture book, children will learn how fruits can be made easier to eat. For example, watermelon is cut into crescent shapes, while pear and apple are cut into wedges. Through this way of eating, children deepen their understanding of food. It is also a good opportunity for children to learn the names and characteristics of various fruits and to develop an interest in food.

Recommended Readers

This picture book is perfect for children in their infancy. It is a fun way for children to learn about different fruits at an age when they are beginning to develop an interest in colors and shapes. It also provides a good opportunity for parents to read the book with their children and discuss food. For children who are not so fond of eating fruits, this book will help them develop a curiosity about fruits.


“Kudamono” is a picture book that teaches children the joy and beauty of food. Kazuko Hirayama’s beautiful pictures convey the charm of fruits and bring joy to the reader. Through this picture book, children can learn a new way of looking at fruit, a familiar food. This is a wonderful picture book that allows the whole family to share the colors and shapes of fruits and the joy of eating them.


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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