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A Day without Sugar / un día sin Azúcar

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Tía Sofía's nieces and nephews love to spend the weekend at her house. She lets them camp out on mattresses and in sleeping bags in the living room, where they play games and watch TV in their pajamas. But best of all, they love eating at their aunt's house, because she's the best cook in the family. So the kids are sad to hear that this weekend is going to be sugar free. It turns out that cousin Tito is at risk of developing diabetes like his abuela and Tío Pedro. Tía Sofía tells them that on Saturday "we're ...

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Tía Sofía's nieces and nephews love to spend the weekend at her house. She lets them camp out on mattresses and in sleeping bags in the living room, where they play games and watch TV in their pajamas. But best of all, they love eating at their aunt's house, because she's the best cook in the family. So the kids are sad to hear that this weekend is going to be sugar free. It turns out that cousin Tito is at risk of developing diabetes like his abuela and Tío Pedro. Tía Sofía tells them that on Saturday "we're going on a sugar hunt." The kids are confused, but she explains that they are going to find all of the sugar—especially hidden sugar—in their food. The next morning, their oatmeal doesn't have any added sugar, but each bowl has plump raisins and a naturally sweet surprise: strawberries, banana, peaches, peanut butter or cinnamon and vanilla. One taste and they scoop their bowls clean. At lunch, the sugar hunt continues. The kids learn that much of the food they eat without thinking contains sugar, like the catsup, mayonnaise and relish they usually put on their burgers. So, instead, they paint their hamburger buns yellow with mustard, pile on slices of fresh tomatoes from their aunt's garden, and bite into crunchy dill pickles. When their parents pick them up at the end of the day, they're all thrilled to see Tía Sofía holding a plate with a delicious surprise to take home: apple empanadas ... cooked without sugar, of course! In this bilingual picture book for children ages 7 - 10, cousins share time with family and learn fun and delicious ways to eat less sugar.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Given that diabetes is a significant problem in the Latino community, this book is recommended even though it exists almost entirely to teach a lesson. And that lesson is that excess sugar is not healthy. Tito, who is 10, realizes that he is at risk, as he has older relatives who have diabetes. So while staying with his cousins at his aunt's house, Tito tries to go an entire day without sugar. He and his cousins make it a game, finding the hidden sugar in products they didn't realize contained it. They discover that they can make substitutions and have delicious food even if sugar is not added.
Kirkus Reviews
A risk of family diabetes prompts Tía Sofía to teach her nieces and nephews about alternatives to sugar when choosing meals and snacks. Ten-year-old Tito and his cousins enjoy spending weekends at their aunt's house, playing board games and watching television. On this weekend, Tía Sofía tells the family that everyone must help Tito eat healthier to avoid developing diabetes like his grandfather and uncle. To do this, they must eliminate as much hidden sugar as possible and eat natural sugars such as those in fruits. Under their aunt's guidance, the children spend the day analyzing all their meals. They learn, for example, that ketchup and relish include sugar, but fresh tomato and homemade salsa on a hamburger can be healthier and just as delicious. At day's end, they are surprised with an apple turnover, sans sugar but made with cinnamon, that holds its natural delicious sweetness simply from the juice of the apples. Latino family scenes painted in gouache on textured paper are populated by amiable, brown-skinned characters who seem to enjoy the challenge presented to them. The weekend concludes with the only acceptable sugar treat, a sweet kiss from Tía Sofía. Though the focus on sugar is apparent, an underlining theme of balancing nutrition with exercise rounds out the purpose-filled story told with a fluent dual English and Spanish text. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558857025
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 983,165
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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