Children's Book ReviewsThe Internet Writing Journal, March 1999 Page Two of Two
Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy RockwellHarperCollins, February 1999.
Picture Book, 31 pages.
Reading Level: Ages 5-9
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Lizzy Rockwell has created a first: a book created just for children to teach them all about food, nutrition and proper eating habits. With colorful and friendly pictures, Rockwell covers all of the basic nutrient groups: carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, vitamins and minerals. She explains what each nutrient group is good for, and where it can be found in common foods. She describes how much and what type of food children need each day, why we must drink water, how the body digests food, and all about calories. She also demonstrates the food pyramid, why breakfast is so important, and why a diet of candy-only is not a good idea. With easy to understand language and colorful illustrations, Rockwell takes the mystery out of this important subject. With so many pre-teens and teens suffering from eating disorders, it's never to early to teach children the importance of good nutrition and healthy attitudes about food. An excellent reference work which parents will find helpful in teaching children all about this important subject.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell.Joanna Cotler Books, October 1998.
Picture Book with Audio Cassette Tape, 29 pages.
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
A little girl asks her parents to, "Tell me again about the night I was born." She then proceeds to recount the tale herself, with the intro phrase "Tell me about how..." The little girl, who is adopted, like Curtis' own children, tells how the sleeping parents got the telephone call that the baby was born ("Tell me again how you screamed."), how they rushed to the airport to fly to the hospital ("There was no movie, only peanuts."), how the parents glared at anyone who sneezed near them on the way home, and how tiny and perfect she was. The full, two page layout of a lifesized infant is hilarious, complete with cradle cap, banana head and perfect pink toes. When they get home, dad proceeds to tell her that "baseball [is] the perfect game, " and mommy sang the lullaby her mother sang to her. The illustrations by Laura Cornell are watercolors with wit and humor (e.g., mommy is reading Thin thighs in 30 Days when she get the call that the baby's been born). Also included in this edition is an audio cassette tape of the story read by Jamie Lee Curtis and two original songs from composer/lyricist David Nichtern. This is a wonderful story for adopted and natural born children, which can be used to illustrate the bonds of family and the important lesson that not all families are created the same way. An excellent story by the multi-talented Ms. Curtis.
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