It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! Here’s a quick writing update before I start the review:
- I finished another query for Boys’ Quest Magazine and got it out the door. They accepted my last two submissions, so I’m hopeful.
- I have a couple of magazine stories kicking around for Fun For Kidz and Appleseeds. Work begins on those next week.
- My wonderful critique group helped me whip my latest manuscript into shape. My goal is to finish revisions this weekend so I can send out. I have a writing conference next weekend, where I’ll have a session with an editor I think might be a good fit.
- I’m working on another picture book idea! It’s been awhile, since I’ve had one come to me as a full concept versus just the subject matter.
- I signed up for a picture book workshop with one of my writing idols Ann Whitford Paul.
- I won a copy of Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, which I will review in the coming weeks.
Unrelated: The kids are out of school for Good Friday and Easter Monday, and I’ve planned lots of fun. Today we’re headed to the Natural History Museum of LA to see the dinosaur exhibit.
Now, on to today’s review.
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Loreen Leedy
PUBLICATION INFO: Holiday House, 1994 (reprinted 2007)
INTENDED AUDIENCE: 5 and up
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“On the day of the grand opening of The Edible Pyramid restaurant, customers lined up to get inside.”
From the book jacket:
“Soup’s on at the Edible Pyramid. The feline host is serving everything a kid needs to eat for a healthy, balanced diet. There are yummy items from every group in the food pyramid and advice on getting plenty of exercise too!”
THEMES/TOPICS: healthy eating, food, exercise, science, nature
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Loreen Leedy is a favorite. She blends factual information with comedic characters and great plots to make highly readable books. I can’t think of a better way to teach kids about healthy eating. One note: the USDA has forgone the “Food Pyramid” in favor of the “My Plate” analogy. However, the information in this book continues to be valid.
- Leedy has activities on her site, including a challenge to pick five foods and see where they fit on the pyramid.
- Or give your child a food group, fruit for example, and let him or her pick a new food to try.
- You could also serve kids a favorite food and challenge them to estimate how many servings from each food group the food contains. (MATH!)
- Have kids think about the ways they exercise and add up the minutes: recess, t-ball practice, gymnastics, dance party in the living room, for example.
- Learn more about MyPlate from the USDA.
Every Friday bloggers review “Perfect Picture Books.” Find a complete list of book reviews organized by topic, genre and blogger at author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site.