Glorious Grains

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–In a superhero suit that features the internal organs of the upper body, Slim Goodbody introduces the groups of the U.S. Food Pyramid. Information includes the different varieties of food found around the world, the path from nature to plate, health benefits and recommended daily servings, and acknowledgment of other dietary recommendations. The sensibility of the series is like that of an educational television show, with children dressed in T-shirts picturing the featured food sharing hosting duties with Slim, and the occasional singsong rhyme, such as the one in Dairy: “I think it’s amazing/How milk in your glass/Starts out in a field,/With a cow munching grass.” There is a picture glossary instead of a textual one, which is fine for “avocado” and “eggplant,” but not so much for “kohlrabi” and “falafel.”
Children's Literature - Bobbie Lowe
Grains are an important part of a balanced diet and Slim Goodbody is here to explain and tell us more about grains, why they are good for us, where they come from, and how to make sure we have enough grain in our diet. Filled with great graphics, this book is a fun way for young children to learn about grains. The pictures help the reader understand the content and would appeal to visual learners very well. There is a touch of science about what a grain seed is made up of, the different parts, and how it is planted and grows. I think my favorite part of this book is the two-page world map with pictures showing where in the world different people eat grains. In Asia, black bread and rice noodles are pictured while in South America there is a picture of cassava bread. Other grains pictured are falafel, pita bread, English muffins, croissant, and oatmeal just to name a few. The book, at the end, gives a great summary with pictures and ideas you should have learned and gotten out of the book. A great, informational read for young children and a great accompany to any unit on healthy eating, the food pyramid, or farming/seeds. Reviewer: Bobbie Lowe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778750437
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Slim Goodbody's Nutrition Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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