Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a cute way to get kids to eat healthy!
Theme/Topic- Nutrition / Life Lessons
Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Once upon a time, there was a tiny pea, merry and green, called Peachy Pea.”
Synopsis – From Goodreads:
Why I liked this book- It’s awesome how this book multitasks – it teaches about eating veggies and fruits (they take place in the stories, and they’re in the background – often part of the scenery), but it also teaches life lessons on being kind, friendly, honest, etc. The illustrations are really cute and make you feel great inside. The mini-stories it has are told like old-time fairy tale, or are played off of one. There are six stories in all. Ms. Alexander’s style is a cute, warm story. Not many Self-Published Books get on my Perfect Picture Book Friday posts, but I really liked it promotes healthy eating. This is a great book for bedtimes, as it can be read in several nights.
Activities and Resources-
Get kids to be interested in healthy food by creating food art! You can make an image out of veggies and fruits! Be creative – then you get to eat it! (Images have a Creative Commons public license).
Make your own story involving healthy foods! Who would be in it?
I wrote mine by fracturing/retelling a fairy tale / poem (I think Mother Goose):
Jack Horn could eat no corn,
His wife could eat no bean,
So between the two of them,
They ate the garden clean.
To learn more about Yummy Stories, food art, and organic gardening, please visit Ms. Alexander’s website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!