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Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Vegetables do many and varied good things for the human body. Some keep the skin soft, some keep teeth hard, some help fight germs, some keep the heart strong, and some keep the brain smart. Vegetables are plants, and come in many kinds, including carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, beets, corn, and celery. Vegetables come from different parts of the plants. We eat the leaves from spinach and lettuce, and the stems of celery. We eat the roots when we eat carrots, and the seeds when we eat peas. Everyone should eat one-and-one-half cups of vegetables every day. Vegetables grow all over the world, and the same vegetables grown in the United States (e.g., cucumbers) are also grown in distant places like Australia. Kids who want to grow their own vegetables can. All that is needed is a little dirt, some seeds, a little water, and some sunshine. If there's no room for a garden, pots will do. Anytime is a great time to eat vegetables; breakfast, lunch, as an afterschool snack, and dinner. This book teaches children all about vegetables, how to identify them, how to grow them, and what part of the plant they are eating. The book contains bright and colorful photos of vegetables. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–In a superhero suit that features the internal organs of the upper body, Slim Goodbody introduces the groups of the U.S. Food Pyramid. Information includes the different varieties of food found around the world, the path from nature to plate, health benefits and recommended daily servings, and acknowledgment of other dietary recommendations. The sensibility of the series is like that of an educational television show, with children dressed in T-shirts picturing the featured food sharing hosting duties with Slim, and the occasional singsong rhyme, such as the one in Dairy: “I think it’s amazing/How milk in your glass/Starts out in a field,/With a cow munching grass.” There is a picture glossary instead of a textual one, which is fine for “avocado” and “eggplant,” but not so much for “kohlrabi” and “falafel.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778750604
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Slim Goodbody's Nutrition Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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