Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitnessby Chris Carmichael
Recently relocated to Massachusetts, fifth-grader Ben Moroney is homesick for the desert, lizard and best friend he left behind in Arizona. He feels more at home, however, when he finds a kindred spirit in his eccentric science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She shares with Ben a love of amphibians and reptiles and exploring the natural world. Mrs. Tibbets invites Ben to explore with her the natural habitats on her rural property, where she introduces him to the endangered spadefoot toads that inhabit a vernal pool. As they become friends, Ben learns that Mrs. Tibbets recently lost her husband, a well-regarded herpetologist, and that her sister-in-law who lives next door owns the property and plans to sell it to developers. After finding that there is not enough evidence to warrant state protection, Ben uses a school project to convince the sister-in-law to keep the property. Although the outcome is entirely predictable, Harley's appealing story shows readers that adults and children can connect in meaningful friendships, and reminds them that conservation can begin in their own backyards. (Fiction. 9-12)
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of Parents' Choice and ALA awards. Bill won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children's storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children's spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.
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Over the years I have invested in many books on nutrition and fitness, but this is the first one that truly addresses my situation. I exercise regularly, but training and working out doesn¿t rule my life. I am not fat and I don¿t need a diet book, I need a nutrition book. I need a better understanding of what foods are best for my body based on my level of activity. What¿s more, I need to know why. I like the sections on carbohydrates, how they¿re used, and why I need them. As Chris says, low-carb diets are meant for some people, but not for my lifestyle. Carmichael¿s view of food as fuel was really helpful, as was the idea that exercise should be aimed at gaining fitness and not just merely burning calories. The book also gave structure and meaning to the ways my eating habits change during the year; now I see why I do and should eat more when I¿m running more in the summer. Likewise, it¿s great to have a plan for reducing calories in the fall and winter, when I¿m not running as much. The book gives the information behind its assertions, and it¿s readable and easy to understand instead of being overly technical.
This book is NOT for people just getting into nutrition. It is GREAT for those who already have a decent base knowledge. Awesome for those needing more specific help getting the right amount of calories from the correct nutritional sources.
Carmichael is Lance Armstrong's coach of many years, as well as other excellent atheletes. How can you not want to read his book about fitness and food? Well, this book was even more than I expected. He explains how to break the training-exercising year into 4 main sections devoted to foundation work, preparation, specialization, and transition. He then subdivides these into 4-week blocks, and then 7 day blocks. He explains how food needs are related to how you are training, and explains about the important differences between carbs, fats, and protiens. (By the way, he says that low-carbing is NOT for the athelete!) He even includes various shopping, cooking, supplementation, and eating-on-the-go ideas. Older, younger, men, and women atheletes are given special consideration too. This is likely to be one of THE BOOKS on fitness and nutrition-food. Exceptional and Highly recommended!