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Children's LiteratureTo interest youngsters needing encouragement in their reading skills, each book in the "A+, Eat Your Colors" series combines bright photographs of appealing children and colorful food with short, snappy text. The chapters are brief and the vocabulary controlled. Each book contains a note to parents, teachers, and librarians, as well as a glossary, sources for further information, and an easy recipe so kids can enjoy a little kitchen fun. White foods? Kids may have to think about that for a few minutes to get beyond the obvious such as mashed potatoes, milk, and vanilla ice cream. Other white foods are egg whites, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and of course marshmallows. The recipe for a "South Pole Sundae" calls for white topping on vanilla ice cream with a red cherry taking the place of a red flag planted upon a pile of snow. The book's format will work well to interest kids, thereby encouraging them to think about colors and their own favorite foods, which may lead to a discussion of a subject about which they have strong feelings and valid opinions 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford