Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition

Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition

by Lizzy Rockwell

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Overview

Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell

Good Enough to Eat is one of a kind: the only guide to kids' nutrition written especially for kids. A practical, hands-on tool for families who want to eat a healthy diet, this book explains nutrition from carrots to cookies.

In this book, you will learn:

  • all about the nutrient groups—carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals
  • each nutrient's function
  • which foods contain which nutrients
  • how much of each nutrient a kid needs each day
  • how the body digests food
  • all about calories

Good Enough to Eat includes kid-friendly recipes such as Alphabread and Full o' Beans Soup, and even shows kids how to test their food for fat. Perfect for parents, educators, librarians, and doctors trying to explain healthy eating to kids!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064451741
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 91,959
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut.


Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut.

Reading Group Guide

Introduction

Good Enough to eat is the only guide to kids' nutrition written especially for kids! As they read, kids will learn:

  • How the body digests food
  • All about nutrient groups: carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, and vitamins and minerals
  • Which foods contain which nutrients and how much a kid needs each day
  • What the Food Guide Pyramid is and how to use it
  • How to cook several delicious, easy-to-make recipes

This guide contains activities that will help keep kids involved in learning about nutrition.

An Activity Guide for Grades K–4

Activities

  • Ask children to draw a favorite family meal on one of the paper plates with crayons or markers.

  • Ask them to see how their meal measures up to the Food Guide Pyramid shown in Good Enough to Eat. How many servings of which nutrients are they getting in their meal? Use the back of the plate to record the nutritional value of the meal: for example, 2 servings of protein, 1 serving of carbohydrates, and 1 serving of vegetables. (Note: pay attention to serving sizes.) Front and back endpapers are also a good art resource for this activity.

  • Instruct children to use the Food Guide Pyramid to plan a nutritional meal of their own. Then have them draw the meal on a paper plate. Hang up a large paper rectangle along a wall or long bulletin board to represent a banquet table. Staple or tape all the nutritious meals to the table. Optional: have children design self-portraits or faces of imaginary guests to be placed around the banquet table.

  • An alternate activity for older children is asking them to keep alog of everything they eat over the course of one day or one week and have them determine how their everyday eating habits measure up to the Food Guide Pyramid. In what areas might they improve?

Reading Food Labels
Materials needed: Packaging from any of the following food pairs:
bagel / doughnut • whole milk / skim milk, pretzels / potato chips • ice cream / frozen yogurt

  • Show children the paired food items and ask them to guess what nutrients might be provided by each food. Which do they think is more nutritional? Then read and compare labels to see which guesses were correct.

  • Pick a food label and point out the terms saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are a factor in heart disease. Unsaturated fats are not. Identify saturated fats as those that are solid at room temperature, such as meat fat, butter, and hydrogenated oil. Unsaturated fats, like olive oil and safflower oil, are liquid at room temperature. The body needs some fat to burn for heat and energy, but eating more fat than you need results in extra body fat. See pages 16–17 in the book for a simple fat-related activity.

About the author

Good Enough to Eat, Lizzy Rockwell's first book as both author and illustrator, reveals much about its talented creator. Lizzy's love of food, sense of fun, and interest in education are apparent from the very first page.

On any sunny day, you might find Lizzy and her two young sons out in their garden in Norwalk, Connecticut, picking vegetables for dinner. Later, you might find Lizzy inside whipping up a yummy, nutritional dish, such as "Full o' Beans Soup," a recipe she composed for Good Enough to Eat.

But most of the time, you'll find Lizzy in her studio, illustrating books for children. Lizzy first learned to draw in her parents' studio. She continued her artistic education at New York's School of Visual Arts. The first picture book Lizzy illustrated was a combined effort with her parents entitled My Spring Robin.

More recently, Lizzy and her mother, veteran author and illustrator Anne Rockwell, have paired their talents on a series of books: Show & Tell Day, Halloween Day, and the forthcoming books Thanksgiving Day and Valentine's Day. Written by Anne and illustrated by Lizzy, this series is set in cheerful Mrs. Madoff's classroom. According to Lizzy, each book conveys to children the all important lesson that "you can be part of a group but still be yourself."

Lizzy's sons, Nicholas and Nigel, also play a role in her books -- as occasional character models and certainly as real-life inspiration. It was their curiosity about the world around them that helped inspire Lizzy as she illustrated A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins and On the Move by Deborah Heiligman, two books in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. And, Lizzy says, part of her inspiration to create Good Enough to Eat came from being a dedicated mother: "One of the most important things I want children to learn by reading Good Enough to Eat is to enjoy eating good food with family and friends." When's dinner?

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Guest More than 1 year ago
'Good Enought to Eat' is a delightful and informative read with charming illustrations and endearing characters. I found it to be a wonderful gift for my young nephews who are wanting to learn about how things work. This book is the perfect doorway into the world of nutrition. I even learned some new things. I loved it! The book appealed to me on every level. It is well written, has valuable information, and is visually appealing. I highly recommend it.
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