I.Q. Gets Fit

I.Q. Gets Fit

by Mary Ann Fraser
     
 

It's going to be an active month in I.Q.'s classroom—it's Health Month! And when the school announces that those who pass the fitness test will get a gold ribbon, I.Q. knows right away that he wants to win one.

In class, Mrs. Furber teaches the students all about a balanced diet and the food pyramid, drinking the right amount of water, exercising for

Overview

It's going to be an active month in I.Q.'s classroom—it's Health Month! And when the school announces that those who pass the fitness test will get a gold ribbon, I.Q. knows right away that he wants to win one.

In class, Mrs. Furber teaches the students all about a balanced diet and the food pyramid, drinking the right amount of water, exercising for fitness, and balancing that activity with good rest. But I.Q. can't run as long or jump as far as the other students, and he's worried that he won't win a ribbon. Will I.Q.'s hard work pay off as he goes for the gold?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
During Health Month, Mrs. Furber's students prepare for a Student Fitness Challenge, including the class mouse, I.Q. He is determined to change his junk-food ways and follow a more active path to win a gold ribbon. He makes a chin-up bar from pencils and a jump rope from a shoelace. I.Q.'s determination and pride in achievement, despite temptations, are excellent models for children who may be resistant to improving their own fitness. Fraser has written an uncomplicated but endearing story that touches on all of the basics of a primary-grade health unit: rest and exercise; the new food pyramid and eating balanced meals; drinking lots of water. Using the pet mouse as the main character makes an often dry subject more fun and avoids pointing fingers at overweight and unfit children. Illustrations add necessary humorous details to keep readers interested. There is a dearth of picture books on this timely topic, and this book fills a need. A good choice for libraries and classrooms.
—Mary HazeltonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
I.Q., that lovable mouse, is back, this time helping children learn how to keep fit. At the kickoff assembly for Health Month, the speaker tells students that he will be awarding gold ribbons to everyone who passes the fitness test at the end of the month. I.Q. decides he will be one of them, but his preliminary results don't exactly stack up to that of the kids. He works hard on his art project, though-a fitness poster-and adds to it each week as he learns more: "Eat a balanced diet," "stay active," "drink plenty of water" and "get lots of sleep." Fraser's droll illustrations steal the show as I.Q. uses everyday objects as fitness equipment and learns the hard way to follow the rules on his poster. He gets a stomachache after a brownie lunch, and after staying up too late reading, he falls asleep in math and skins his nose at recess. In the end, his results still don't measure up, but his effort is rewarded with a ribbon for most improved. I.Q. is one determined mouse who will have youngsters cheering for him as they subtly absorb the lesson he's teaching. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802795588
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
I.Q book Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

MARY ANN FRASER is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the popular I. Q. series. She lives and works at getting fit in Simi Valley, California, with her husband, three sons, and their many pets. www.maryannfraser.com

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