The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day

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Soup's on at the Edible Pyramid, a restaurant that Loreen Leedy devised to introduce young readers to sound, healthy eating. When first published in 1994, this book was a Reading Rainbow selection. Now it's been revised to incorporate the United States Department of Agriculture's newly redesigned food pyramid, along with the latest research on nutrition.
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Overview

Soup's on at the Edible Pyramid, a restaurant that Loreen Leedy devised to introduce young readers to sound, healthy eating. When first published in 1994, this book was a Reading Rainbow selection. Now it's been revised to incorporate the United States Department of Agriculture's newly redesigned food pyramid, along with the latest research on nutrition.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's redesigned food pyramid, this book retains the same feel and format of the original. Most of the illustrations have remained the same or are very similar. As before, an elegantly dressed cat welcomes a menagerie of animals to the grand opening of the Edible Pyramid restaurant and then proceeds to educate them about recommended foods and serving sizes. In accordance with the new guidelines, amounts are listed in ounces and cups. Several items in the bread group now include multigrain designations, and a millet roll is introduced. The pages featuring cereals have been eliminated. A few of these items are included on pages devoted to pasta and grains. The pages depicting vegetables and fruits are essentially unchanged. Characters are moved around a bit and types of yogurts are shown on the milk pages. Clams have replaced caviar and a boiled egg is shown instead of a poached egg on the protein pages. Seeds have been added to the beans-and-nuts spread. Oils and solid fats have been separated out with some appropriate substitutions. Sweets have been shifted to their own page. Readers are warned about the dangers of gaining weight. Combinations of foods and sample meals are similar. A two-page spread emphasizing the need for physical activity has been added, as has a reference to the government web site about the Food Guide Pyramid. A worthy replacement or addition for library collections.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An entertaining, attractive introduction to the food pyramid, still a fairly new concept in nutrition education. The menu at the Edible Pyramid restaurant is based on the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's food guide. The head waiter-a French cat in tails-explains the dishes to his customers, a menagerie of other animals in equally formal attire. Each segment of the pyramid is presented in a two-page spread, defining the food group mentioned and illustrating it with many mouth-watering examples. The recommended number of daily servings is also explained, and after going through the entire menu, the maitre'd helps his diners select a balanced meal. Paintings of the animals and food are done in muted colors. A small pyramid appears in the corner of each illustration, with the block being examined highlighted. Leedy's text is brief and to the point, but witty, especially the animals' commentary. Other helpful books on nutrition for this age group include Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Nutrition (Holiday, 1992) and Dorothy Baldwin's Health and Food (Rourke, 1987), but neither emphasizes the food pyramid.-Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420742
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 542,826
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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