Frieda Caplan is so cool! I am so glad this book exists so that more people can learn about this remarkable woman. Plus, she loved wearing purple, so she’s a woman after my own heart.
I didn’t care for the drawing style used in the book. The fruits and vegetables look fine, but the people do not look good.
This book features so many different fruits and vegetables, some weird-looking and some with funny names. Here are some pictures of a few of the exotic fruits and vegetables Frieda sold:
Top: cherimoya, kiwano (horned melon)
Middle: dragon fruit, star fruit
Bottom: finger limes, Buddha’s hand
I couldn’t believe it when the story mentioned finger limes. My dad has a finger lime tree in the backyard that he’s trying to grow more of because they are so rare. He’s currently sharing them with the neighborhood but is hoping to sell them at some point.
After reading this book, I went online to learn more and found a few YouTube videos that I would like to share.
Remembering Frieda Caplan, the exotic fruit lady: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV05ndCKhEg
Frieda Caplan on Letterman, February 12, 1987: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHA0rVGwudk
Be sure to read the page at the back of the book that gives a more in-depth and detailed history of Frieda’s life.