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Anne's friend e-mailed her a bunch of amusing and adorable pictures of animals made from various vegetables, including this one, which was my favorite of the lot.

Vegetable Sheep

Yeah, that's a flock of sheep made from cauliflower, cloves, olives, and black-eyed peas. Awesome.

The images her friend sent didn't have any credits or attribution, so if you recognize this and know who should get credit for it, let me know in a comment and I'll update.

Update: WWdN reader Lebachai says that this image comes from a book called Food for Thought by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann. It's an educational book for preschoolers and first graders  (though this 34 year-old thinks it looks pretty wonderful) that teaches counting, numerical concepts, shapes, colors, letters, and other stuff that little ones love to learn about.


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note to self for next dinner party: make cute animals out of veggies.

kinda reminds me of making "ants on a log" as a kid. only these sheep are much cuter. and a bit more sophisticated. but then again, who needs sophistication when there's peanut butter involved!

This picture is from Food for Thought. I read it to my son all the time...it's part of the counting section. Check out the other books by this team also--just as fun!

Very neat. I wonder if they get eaten in the end. (is eaten a word? I guess if my wife can say boughten I can say eaten.
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Absolutely, "eaten" is word, and is even the correct usage in your sentence.

"Boughten", however, is not a word.

Wil, that looks to be from a Saxton Freymann / Joost Elffers book. You might like Dog Food. :)

Those are awesome sheep!

And "boughten" is totally a word if you're from Central Pennsylvania. So is "outen," as in "to turn off the lights."


That picture is almost precisely the mental image I inevitably end up with about three quarters through a game of Settlers.

The artists name is Saxton Freymann (http://www.rit.edu/~ksh8863/saxtonfreymann.html), and is the co-creator of some of our favorite children’s books (http://www.arthuralevinebooks.com/author.asp?authorid=3).

Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle (a French pastry chef/arts photography team) also do simply amazing stuff with food sculpture. Visit http://www.minimiam.com/ to see more (Warning: requires Flash 9)

It's amazing art. I know it was designed for a child's book, but that doesn't take away from it's creativity. You almost can't tell that the sheep are edible.

i think i shall go make some

Matt D: Are you a sheep collector, too? Somehow, in about four out of five games of Settlers I play, I end up with more sheep than I know what to do with. I set a new personal record recently with a hand of ten sheep and nothing else...

When we play Settlers, we have a name for hogging all the sheep.

"Channeling your inner Kiwi".


MattD and fairnhite451,
What is this game you are referring to (Settlers)?
Is there a link or something online I can read about it?
Btw, I like that "channeling your inner Kiwi".

Yeah, and I'll note that sheep-collecting when one is wearing a kilt makes things a little more interesting too.

SantaFlash, that would be the classic German game, Settlers of Catan, which is often mentioned around here.

You advance your little country by trading the goods your region produces for goods the other players have. Or you can squish 4 of any type of thing into 1 of another type of your choice (this is the least profitable trade in the game). I've built many a city out of nothing but 20 sheep, turned into stone and grain. Poor things.

That is adorable! I don't have kids and it makes me want to buy that book. LOL

WWdN:`$ Sudo post similar pictures

Here in the UK the food for thought images are best known as greeting cards that are available in pretty much every stationary shop. They rock and are awesome birthday cards :)

'Bout time someone found a practical use for vegetables.

That is so cool. I'm going to have to look for that book for my little one.


Those are so cute! I still don't think it will convince my husband to eat cauliflower though.

I "memed" you asking "what magazines do you read" I've never memed anyone before but I hear it's what all the kids are doing these days.
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I'm surprised there's no mention of your cameo appearance on PvP!



Very cute indeed. Not much of a close second, but I made cauliflower sheep for an animated short - just seems to be the right veggie for sheep!
I think the kids need this book...


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