Showdown At The Food Pyramid

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There's trouble afoot at the Food Pyramid: Strange new junk food like "candy bar" and "hot dog" are kicking off all the healthy food to have their own party. Even poor Granny Smith apple gets the boot! As the fruits and vegetables try to regroup, the junk keeps the party going. But no pyramid can support all that junk for long-when it comes time to rebuild, will the healthy foods be able to find the right balance?

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Overview

There's trouble afoot at the Food Pyramid: Strange new junk food like "candy bar" and "hot dog" are kicking off all the healthy food to have their own party. Even poor Granny Smith apple gets the boot! As the fruits and vegetables try to regroup, the junk keeps the party going. But no pyramid can support all that junk for long-when it comes time to rebuild, will the healthy foods be able to find the right balance?

With different diets receiving so much attention in recent years, nutrition can be a confusing topic for young readers, so Rex Barron uses a simple story and animated edibles to present an easy introduction to the basic concepts of healthy eating as recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture.

When snack foods take over the food pyramid and make it collapse, members of the various food groups have to work together using the Great Food Guide to rebuild it.

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Publishers Weekly
Rex Barron plays with the facts in Showdown at the Food Pyramid, which interprets the old USDA "food pyramid" literally, imagining that dancing foodstuffs inhabit a four-story tower. Trouble begins when King Candy Bar stages an overthrow. Only when it "collapse[s] under its own weight," can the rightful inhabitants return. Barron makes puns of food names like Bing Cherry and Granny Smith, and pictures tiki-head bread loaves supporting the pyramid. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The recommended foods from the U. S. Department of Agriculture Food Pyramid come alive for an entertaining encounter with "junk food." Youngsters may learn a lesson about good nutrition that they will remember as they watch King Candy Bar and his friends Hot Dog and Donut take over the solid, strong pyramid. While the new arrivals party, the deposed fruits and vegetables watch until the crash. Then they rebuild from the bottom up, each food adding its valuable assets for health. After allowing a few sweets on top, the healthy pyramid is again complete. The animated foods created with acrylics, oils, and colored pencils use the double-page scenes in humorous ways to demonstrate the destructive folly of the junk foods and the stolid cooperative enterprise of the healthful foods as they reconstruct. The pyramid is complete on the end-paper. 2004, GP Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this dynamic picture book, personified foods fight a battle over good nutrition. Following the wisdom of the Great Food Guide tacked on the wall, the various edibles that form the pyramid have always tried to remain in balance. Then, dangerous interlopers overrun them and take over the top level ("They had strange names like Hot Dog, Candy Bar and Donut, and they liked to cause trouble"). The healthy foods almost give up trying to make things right again, but the problem is resolved when the pyramid is destroyed by its own excess; with all of that fattening stuff on top, it collapses "under its own weight." The foods then rebuild the structure, a process shown in a literal and amusing way, with sturdy starches supporting bright fruits and vegetables, and finally, way up on top, a few sweets and fats, which are allowed to return. The message is up front, but the humorous tone keeps the story from becoming overwhelmingly didactic. The pictures are great, with vivid colors and lots of drama and personality. Barron's light touch and child-friendly approach make this offering more enjoyable than most of the books available on nutrition.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Once there was a happy and strong food pyramid that worked hard to show people what to eat each day." But then the likes of Candy Bar, Donut, and Hot Dog appear on the scene. They begin to boot the healthy foods off the pyramid, starting with poor Granny Smith. The fruits and vegetables plan their next move, but there are just too many of the invaders. But when the pyramid suddenly crashes under its own weight, the veggies seize their chance to rebuild according to the chart on the wall. As each food group takes its rightful place, readers learn that food's importance to good nutrition. And when the sweets come and politely ask to have a place on the pyramid, the foods agree that variety is the spice of life and give them the topmost layer. Barron's foods have expressive faces that perfectly accompany the text and add the humor that will make this a favorite . . . that is, until kids figure out that they are learning at the same time. A bit pedantic, but useful. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399237157
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/17/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 295,556
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Great Non-Fiction!

    This is a great book for young children learning about the food pyramid! The illustrations are fantastic and the story is cute. I'll definately use it in my classroom!

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