We Like to Help Cook

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All the young children in this brightly colored-picture book are helping adults to prepare healthy and delicious foods - all in accordance with the Healthy Diet Guidelines of the USDA
Simple text, including some rhymes, make the book easy to read, and will appeal to both kids and parents. We Like to Help Cook is distinguished by illustrations showing a multi-cultural mix of kids, as well as a few that include handicapped children in the activities and choices. Children help ...
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Overview

All the young children in this brightly colored-picture book are helping adults to prepare healthy and delicious foods - all in accordance with the Healthy Diet Guidelines of the USDA
Simple text, including some rhymes, make the book easy to read, and will appeal to both kids and parents. We Like to Help Cook is distinguished by illustrations showing a multi-cultural mix of kids, as well as a few that include handicapped children in the activities and choices. Children help themselves or assist the adults by performing many age-related tasks, like pouring, shaking, washing, mashing and mixing - actions that most young children love to do.
This book reinforces the message that children and adults can work together to prepare and eat healthy foods, such as: fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low-fat milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and healthy fats and oils.
Since young children learn by watching and doing, even toddlers can often help out in the kitchen with simple tasks . . . sometimes much more than we expect.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Watch. Do. Learn. These are the things that happen in Marcus Allsop's descriptive celebration of food. Children watch adults cook foods. They help to prepare them. They learn about different types of food, from crunchy to soft, yellow corn to orange carrots, cereals to fruits. They describe many of the tasks children can do to be involved in mealtime preparations: mixing, tossing, arranging, shaking, crumbling, blending, rinsing, and eating! This book stimulates critical thinking about the choices that people make about what they make and consume, and it encourages children and parents alike to think about how kids can be a part of making meals. Diane Iverson's multicultural illustrations show a wide variety of ethnicities engaged in these mealtime activities in classrooms, community gardens, yards, and homes. The text and illustrations together effectively create a sense of excitement about food. This book would be an invaluable addition to any health or science collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890772703
  • Publisher: Hohm Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.07 (w) x 3.31 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Allsop was born and educated in the north of England, and studied fine art at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology. He is an iconographic painter, as well as a chef who cooks for a community of forty adults and children.

Diane Iverson has written and illustrated numerous books for children. Her works include: I Celebrate Nature which won an award for Distinguished Book in the Field of Social Studies in 1993, and My Favorite Tree which was awarded Outstanding Book by Parent Council, Ltd., in 1999. She lives in Prescott, Arizona. www.dianeiverson.com

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We like to help cook, all kinds of foods-
good for our bodies and good for our moods.

We wash our hands and find a place-
one that is stable and one that is safe.
With a grown-up in charge, we can do . . . or just look…
We like to help, we like to cook.

We can help by washing foods. . .
like brown rice or white.
Running the grains under water,
we watch until the water runs clear.

We like to measure things . . .
whole-grain pasta for the pot.
We can try all shapes and sizes:
bowties, noodles or spirals.

We like to mix . . .
oatmeal with water or milk.
Sometimes we add in other favorite foods,
like raisins or nuts.

We know how to mash . . .
avocados with tomatoes.
When the lumps are all smooth, we have a dip for our celery, carrot sticks or tortilla chips.

We like to tear up. . .
lettuce or other leafy greens.
Lots of different colors make our salad like a rainbow¬-
purple cabbage, yellow corn and bright orange carrots.

We like to place things. . .
like slices of fruit, to make a face on our plate.
We can use apples, blueberries, bananas,
grapes and pears.

We like to toss . . .
fresh salad vegetables with healthy oils like sunflower or olive oil.
It's fun to use big spoons or tongs.

We like to shake up or blend . . .
With lowfat milk or yogurt we can help make a smoothie or milkshake.

We like to crumble . . .
low-fat cheese on many foods,
like baked potatoes, wholegrain crackers or noodles.

We like to rinse . . .
dried peas and beans, which are full of proteins.
We have so many choices -
black-eyed peas, pintos, garbanzo beans . . .

We like to watch . . .
while grown-ups cook,
grilling extra-lean meat, fish or skinless chicken.
Sometimes we can guess what is cooking just from the sounds and smells.

We like to work. . . help cook. . . and play.
We like being active every day.

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