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Fat Tale
     

Fat Tale

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by Karen Land
 
FAT TALE, written and illustrated by Karen Land, is a picture book that will help children focus on good nutrition. Not long ago, a chubby child meant a healthy child. Today, obesity is our nation's fastest growing health problem. Our children are experiencing a nationwide epidemic of poor eating habits. The good news is for the most part, obesity is preventable.

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FAT TALE, written and illustrated by Karen Land, is a picture book that will help children focus on good nutrition. Not long ago, a chubby child meant a healthy child. Today, obesity is our nation's fastest growing health problem. Our children are experiencing a nationwide epidemic of poor eating habits. The good news is for the most part, obesity is preventable. Planting the seeds of good nutrition at an early age is a fundamental preventative measure.

Fat Tale is an educational story showing the pitfalls of overeating. Using the empathy children have for animals, the story tells how a cute little frog gets into big trouble by becoming addicted to junk food. Gorf, the children's name for him, becomes so fat from eating sugary cereal, fries, and other scraps of fast food he can not dive down to the bottom of the pond to hibernate. Winter is coming and he will freeze. The children realize that they are lethargic and grossly overweight, too. A healthy diet of real food is adopted by all.

This book will interest children in pre-school through third grade. It can be used as a supplemental text to introduce a health lesson and by concerned parents who want to teach their children about the perils of poor eating habits.

Karen Land is a School Media Specialist and has worked in the field of library service for more than 30 years. She has written for School Library Journal and is a member of The Children's Book Council.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781425979454
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)

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Fat Tale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Fat Tale by Karen Land Fat Tale, by librarian and puppeteer Karen Land, is a new book to the childhood obesity landscape. What sets this book apart from many others on the market is that it is written for kids, it is simple, and it focuses not only on eating but on empowerment. This book has a happy ending and shows kids how easy it is to not only create a problem but turn it around, if you are brave enough to admit you have a weight and eating problem to begin with. The tale doesn¿t use heavy handed tactics or guilt but simple, old-fashioned story telling. The premise is very simple: two kids meet a frog and realize the frog has a fondness for junk food. By helping this cute frog, Gorf, satisfy his habit, the kids, too, get hooked on the sugary treats. Soon, all three of the story¿s protagonists find themselves overweight with a number of serious issues. Gorf can¿t fit on his lily pad and dive. If he can¿t dive, he won¿t be able to hibernate for the winter, which is soon, and could die. The kids are finding the can¿t fit into their clothes and have no energy at all to do anything athletic like they used to. They all turn to the grownups in their lives and forge a plan to shed the weight and not gain it back. The ending was the best part of the story for me because there was no promise of a quick fix, just the realization that the path they were all on was not working. While very simplistic in many ways, the book accomplishes so many goals. It clearly shows what happens when you eat and not move. It clearly shows what happens to others if you encourage them to eat unhealthy. And, it shows by contrast what others are doing to help them be in more shape. The book is billed for preschool through third grade but I¿d push it a bit higher. While simplistic for a 4th or 5th grade for kids battling with obesity, sometimes simple is better and this book accomplishes that. Kids in school settings make more and more of their food choices independent of their parents as they progress through the grades. The earlier they learn to balance the pressures of the snacks and treats and eat an overall balanced diet, the healthier they will be. What kids need to learn is it is not the occasional treat that is the problem but the all the time treats. This book demonstrates this nicely by contrasting what the kids were doing with the grownup in their life, Jim, who only has the occasional treat. Finally, one of the best attributes of the story is it is not preachy and actually puts the onus on the kids for a change. Regardless of who is offering the food, we have to recognize that the bottom line is the kids are the ones make the choices of what to eat and when and that they do have the control. Fat Tale helps show kids that without making them feel lousy about themselves. All in all, this book is a great addition to the landscape of nutrition books for kids and parents. This is a short tale with a huge morale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Fat Tale by Karen Land Fat Tale, by librarian and puppeteer Karen Land, is a new book to the childhood obesity landscape. What sets this book apart from many others on the market is that it is written for kids, it is simple, and it focuses not only on eating but on empowerment. This book has a happy ending and shows kids how easy it is to not only create a problem but turn it around, if you are brave enough to admit you have a weight and eating problem to begin with. The tale doesn¿t use heavy handed tactics or guilt but simple, old-fashioned story telling. The premise is very simple: two kids meet a frog and realize the frog has a fondness for junk food. By helping this cute frog, Gorf, satisfy his habit, the kids, too, get hooked on the sugary treats. Soon, all three of the story¿s protagonists find themselves overweight with a number of serious issues. Gorf can¿t fit on his lily pad and dive. If he can¿t dive, he won¿t be able to hibernate for the winter, which is soon, and could die. The kids are finding the can¿t fit into their clothes and have no energy at all to do anything athletic like they used to. They all turn to the grownups in their lives and forge a plan to shed the weight and not gain it back. The ending was the best part of the story for me because there was no promise of a quick fix, just the realization that the path they were all on was not working. While very simplistic in many ways, the book accomplishes so many goals. It clearly shows what happens when you eat and not move. It clearly shows what happens to others if you encourage them to eat unhealthy. And, it shows by contrast what others are doing to help them be in more shape. The book is billed for preschool through third grade but I¿d push it a bit higher. While simplistic for a 4th or 5th grade for kids battling with obesity, sometimes simple is better and this book accomplishes that. Kids in school settings make more and more of their food choices independent of their parents as they progress through the grades. The earlier they learn to balance the pressures of the snacks and treats and eat an overall balanced diet, the healthier they will be. What kids need to learn is it is not the occasional treat that is the problem but the all the time treats. This book demonstrates this nicely by contrasting what the kids were doing with the grownup in their life, Jim, who only has the occasional treat. Finally, one of the best attributes of the story is it is not preachy and actually puts the onus on the kids for a change. Regardless of who is offering the food, we have to recognize that the bottom line is the kids are the ones make the choices of what to eat and when and that they do have the control. Fat Tale helps show kids that without making them feel lousy about themselves. All in all, this book is a great addition to the landscape of nutrition books for kids and parents. This is a short tale with a huge morale. The book is also very affordable My Final 2cents: This website is accredited by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. Advertisement Contact Us | Site Map | Legal Notices © 2005 - 2007 Pediatrics Now. All rights reserved. PEDIATRICS NOW® is a registered trademark of Pediatrics Now. Site Maintained by PowerWebResults.com