Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerTen chapters, each consisting of a two-page spread, provide basic information about healthy eating. Beginning with the assumption that "Healthy food keeps your body working at its best," the introduction defines calories and encourages the consumption of fresh foods. Next, readers are admonished to eat five fruits and vegetables a day to get sufficient vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Other recommended foods include those with whole grains, milk products, eggs, meats, and fish. Choices made by vegetarians and vegans are briefly defined. Readers are encouraged to choose healthy snacks and to eat fatty foods only occasionally. They are also cautioned about drinking sugary liquids and encouraged to consume at least four to eight cups of water a day. The last chapter has a colorful diagram showing the parts of a balanced diet. Some of the important words appear in Word Wizard ovals with their definitions. Also includes a glossary and an index. Adults interacting with young children may find this book useful. Part of the "Now We Know About �" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3–Just as this series offers a wide array of subjects, each book covers a broad range of topics. Visually, the effect is almost equal to looking at a series of fact cards arranged on the pages. Our Bodies, for example, provides a few short paragraphs each about nutrition, getting adequate sleep, keeping fit, anatomy, and staying clean. While this structure makes for quick reads, and the tables of contents will direct budding researchers to the information, there is little cohesion between the facts. Moreover, the advice-laden language is instructive, but not always explanatory–for example, Good Manners suggests sending thank-you notes, but gives no advice about how to word them. Also, there are no introductions or conclusions to tie everything together, which might make it hard for readers to see the bigger picture.
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