What's So Yummy?: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good

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Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris introduces preschoolers to the pleasures of eating healthy, being active, and feeling good.

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can’t wait to go on a picnic! In the morning the family heads to their community garden, then to the farmer’s market and the grocery store to gather vegetables, fruit, meat, and other fresh and delicious foods. Readers follow them through the day as they go home to prepare, cook, and pack up the ...

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Overview

Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris introduces preschoolers to the pleasures of eating healthy, being active, and feeling good.

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can’t wait to go on a picnic! In the morning the family heads to their community garden, then to the farmer’s market and the grocery store to gather vegetables, fruit, meat, and other fresh and delicious foods. Readers follow them through the day as they go home to prepare, cook, and pack up the goodies, then cap their day by eating a yummy meal in the park and flying a kite together. Funny, accessible, family-filled illustrations; conversations between Gus and Nellie; and matter-of-fact text combine to show young children how food fuels our bodies — and help them see how healthy eating and drinking, and being active, can make them feel their best for a day full of fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/07/2014
The racially blended family from the previous books in Harris and Westcott’s Let’s Talk About You and Me series model responsible shopping and healthy eating habits as they buy groceries for a picnic. The enthusiastic brother and sister describe their food-oriented activities while Harris explains the connection between what one eats and how one feels. The dialogue tends to be more didactic than realistic (“I bet if I eat some blueberries and yogurt or some carrots and hummus, I won’t be tired or hungry anymore”), but readers may still take the cue to try some new foods. Ages 2–5. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
The fourth installment in Harris and Westcott’s Let’s Talk About You and Me series lives up to its predecessors’ achievements in its plain talk about health. ... Never shaming and always empowering, the book champions healthy choices as key to good living. An informational title that seems good for you without being a pill to swallow.
—Kirkus Reviews

Joined in all of the public settings with a multicultural background cast, smiles abound within and around the family unit, equating the act of making good food choices with family togetherness and fun. This genial positivism, along with the wide variety of featured foods (smartly labeled to provide new things to point out during repeat readings) makes for a fine resource for promoting a healthy lifestyle.
—School Library Journal

The sound text makes clear that not every family or person eats the same kind of food, and it even ventures into the issue of food allergies. Including a wide variety of people in the backgrounds, Westcott’s digital line-and-wash illustrations are clearly delineated, cheerful, and appealing. ... [T]his picture book will be a useful addition to school and public library collections.
—Booklist

Enthusiastic. [R]eaders may ... take the cue to try some new foods
—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Written for preschool and early elementary-aged children, this story, part of the “Let’s Talk About You and Me” series, features a young family consisting of parents and three siblings as they move through their day and interact with food. Designed like a cartoon, the text discusses how eating healthy foods and drinking lots of fluids helps bodies grow and fuel a healthy, active lifestyle. Simultaneously, the family talks to each other about healthy foods they have eaten or are going to eat. As the family visits a community garden, a farmers’ market, a grocery store, prepares for a picnic and eats a meal at home the text comments on why we need certain foods and how they assist one’s health. The charming illustrations of family life are appealing, but there is just too much information for younger children to take in. Perhaps dividing the book into chapters that could be read at various times would help to break up this overly-long book on a subject that does not necessarily peak the interest of young children. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
K-Gr 2—While the digital illustrations tell the story of a racially mixed family's active day (walking and cycling to the community garden, farmer's market, and grocery store before making lunch and preparing food for an afternoon picnic), text and speech bubbles from siblings Gus and Nellie provide the information about healthy foods and how they affect our bodies. Joined in all of the public settings with a multicultural background cast, smiles abound within and around the family unit, equating the act of making good food choices with family togetherness and fun. This genial positivism, along with the wide variety of featured foods (smartly labeled to provide new things to point out during repeat readings) makes for a fine resource for promoting a healthy lifestyle.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-25
The fourth installment in Harris and Westcott's Let's Talk About You and Me series lives up to its predecessors' achievements in its plain talk about health.Biracial siblings Gus and Nellie add chatty, speech-balloon commentary to the narrative text's informational content about good nutrition and exercise habits. Meanwhile, cartoonish art provides a multicultural urban backdrop for their sojourn to a city garden, farmers market and supermarket as they prepare for a picnic with their parents and baby brother. Along the way, they drink water to stay hydrated and get exercise by walking, bicycling and riding a scooter, and they stop for a healthy snack when they need one. Art and text alike present diverse preferences, cultural influences and lifestyles with regard to diet to offer a variety of healthy options while also identifying foods and drinks that are unhealthy. A helpful section on food allergies stops short of acknowledging the life-threatening potential of some such conditions, but it introduces and validates the serious health implications of allergies and gluten intolerance. Never shaming and always empowering, the book champions healthy choices as key to good living.An informational title that seems good for you without being a pill to swallow. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763636326
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Series: Let's Talk about You and Me Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 446,161
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robie H. Harris

Robie H. Harris is the trusted and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, and It’s NOT the Stork!, essential guides for children on bodies, babies, families, and health. She is also the author of the first three books in the Let’s Talk About YOU and ME series. She lives in New York City.

Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than a hundred books, including the first three books in the Let’s Talk About YOU and ME series. She lives in Massachusetts.

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