Healthy Foods from A to Z: Comida sana de la A a la Z

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Helping children learn about healthy foods—as well as their ABCs—this bilingual picture book in English and Spanish features colorful photographs of engaging faces made from fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and soy products. A sample sketch with instructions, followed by additional suggested activities, helps children create their own food faces and connect with peers and teachers. An informative section for parents highlights the nutritional value of 70 foods illustrated in ...

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Overview

Helping children learn about healthy foods—as well as their ABCs—this bilingual picture book in English and Spanish features colorful photographs of engaging faces made from fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and soy products. A sample sketch with instructions, followed by additional suggested activities, helps children create their own food faces and connect with peers and teachers. An informative section for parents highlights the nutritional value of 70 foods illustrated in the book.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“We know a well-nourished child does better in school and Healthy Foods from A to Z teaches the alphabet, stimulates creativity . . . and introduces fruits and vegetables most likely unknown in some cultures. This is a book for the whole family.”  —Edie Wiltsee, MPH, MS, CLC, program director, Monterey County California Health Department

“The perfect tool to aid parents in their goal to feed wholesome, organic food to their children for habits that will last a lifetime and so much fun that children won't even realize they are learning, too!”  —Ruth Yaron, author, Super Baby Food!

“We know that children eat a more varied and healthful diet if they participate in meal planning and shopping. If they have involvement they are more invested in it. This book capitalizes on that tendency, making food and eating a pleasant and creative game.”  —Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP, coeditor, Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know

“What a wonderful way to get kids interested in learning about healthy eating—and at the same time expand their English and Spanish language skills! The book exposes kids to fruits and veggies they may not see on their own table, so it encourages the whole family to try new foods.”  —Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, LD, author, Baby Bites

“This delightful book is illustrated with photographs of healthy food . . . particularly helpful in that it includes suggestions for making your own healthy food faces, along with other projects. There is also supplemental information for parents about the nutritional benefits of the foods depicted . . . provides young Spanish-speaking readers with something more intangible, yet vitally important: a sense of their cultural heritage. Recommended for school or public library collections that serve bilingual and Spanish-speaking readers.”  —School Library Journal

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4—This delightful book is illustrated with photographs of healthy food, and on each page the photographer uses the foods to create a healthy food face. The names of the foods are provided in Spanish with English translations below in parentheses. This title is particularly helpful in that it includes suggestions for making your own healthy food faces, along with other projects. There is also supplemental information for parents about the nutritutional benefits of the foods depicted.
Kirkus Reviews
Recognition and identification are the goals of this bilingual alphabet book that combines emotional literacy with nutrition. Photographer Comet presents "faces" made of photo collaged fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, dairy and soy foods and key spices. The multidisciplinary approach encourages children to learn letters and food names in both languages while interpreting each edible expression. While many foods widely recognized across the United States are included, some newer varieties, such as the jícama root and kiwano, are also mentioned. On each page, photos of the food are isolated and identified, and they also form the constituent parts of a face. Foods identified by their English names (huckleberries, honeydew) appear on the left, and those identified by their Spanish names (higo, hierbabuena) are on the right; the appropriate translations appear beneath each word or phrase in parentheses. Some letters are combined on a page, as with Q R (quince, queso) and X Y Z (zucchini, xonocostle). The array of faces is followed by an activities section that encourages children to create their own food-centered faces through a selection of shapes fitted to a face template. A bilingual list of 10 additional projects such as an edible food bouquet and herb growing and healthy-food facts in both languages round out this educational guide. Readers may find themselves hungry when they finish. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983498315
  • Publisher: Moonstone Press LLC
  • Publication date: 9/5/2012
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 688,068
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Maze is a former photojournalist of 30 years whose work appeared in exhibits and publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Newsweek, the New York Times, People, the San Francisco Chronicle, Smithsonian Magazine, Time, and the Washington Post. She is the creator of the acclaimed I Want to Be . . . series of children’s books, including I Want to Be a Chef, I Want to Be an Engineer, and I Want to Be a Veterinarian. She lives in Sarasota, Florida. Renée Comet is a photographer who specializes in advertising and editorial still-food photography for books, magazines, and newspapers. She has photographed nearly 40 books on food, including The Artful Pie, The Artful Vegan, Delicious by Design, Dining at Monticello, Mrs. Fields Cookie Book, and Cake Love. She lives in Washington, DC.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    Since March is National Nutrition Month this book, "Healthy

    Since March is National Nutrition Month this book, "Healthy Foods from A to Z," was a great resource in the instruction of clients about the various nutrient-rich foods we have available to us. Being that it gives the information in both English and Spanish, that was a plus. And the guides the book has inside are great for giving the clients plenty of useful details about the foods displayed in the book. The pictures are great for showing how the foods look for people that may not be familiar with the food or foods that the book mentions, for each letter of the alphabet. **Great resource for health, nutrition, or wellness instruction.

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

    If you like healthy food, you'll like this book

    Do you know what a berenjena is? Would you be willing to eat a zarzamora? Youngsters can traipse through the alphabet, learning about different fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods, while reinforcing their ABCs, in both English and Spanish. The Spanish name for the book is Comida sana de la A a la Z. Colorful illustrations of charming faces constructed by famous food-photographer Renee Comet out of the various foodstuffs will encourage children to return to the book over and over. By the way, zarzamora is Spanish for blackberry, and berenjena is Spanish for eggplant. Have you ever tried eggplant? What about a quince (membrillo)?

    In addition to the text of the book where the foods are pictured alphabetically and identified by both English and Spanish names, readers are given instructions on how to make their own healthy food face and provided with other healthy food projects to do which involve art, language, science, and math skills. There are also seven pages of “Did You Know…?” facts that will highlight the nutritional value of seventy of the foods pictured throughout the book for parents to share with their children. Healthy Foods from A to Z will be beneficial for all youngsters but can be especially helpful for bilingual families and those wishing to expose students to the Spanish language (or even vice versa). Did you know that strawberries are a member of the rose family? I really like strawberries. I also like this book.

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