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Gregory, the Terrible Eater
     

Gregory, the Terrible Eater

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by Ariane Dewey (Illustrator), Jose Aruego (Illustrator), Mitchell Sharmat
 
A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tincans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.

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A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tincans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.

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Children's Literature - Judith Zorfass
Gregory is more than a fussy eater; he is a picky, terrible eater. Instead of eating what his parents think is appropriate for goats to eat (e.g., tin cans), Gregory prefers fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, bread, and butter. His parents devise with a plan to gradually wean him away from his favorite foods by introducing him gradually to their versions of "goat food." The plan involves mixing goat food with Gregory's favorite junk foods—for example, string beans and a shoelace. As they had hoped, Gregory begins to enjoy eating neckties, swing baskets, a broken violin, and more. In fact, his eating exceeds their expectations. He starts eating so much that his parents resort to calling him a pig. However, Gregory gradually achieves the right balance between healthy and junk food. We leave him as he is enjoying a "good" breakfast of scrambled eggs, two pieces of waxed paper, and a glass of juice. This delicious book turns on its head what is healthy and what is junk food. It will not only delight young readers, but will hopefully have the intended consequence of teaching children and parents a lesson about improving children's' eating habits. Reviewer: Judith Zorfass

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545129312
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
134,517
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mitchell Sharmat, a graduate of Harvard University, has written numerous picture books, easy readers, and novels, and was a contributor to many textbook reading programs. He was best known for the classic Gregory, the Terrible Eater, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection and a New York Times Critics’ Pick. In Mitchell’s honor, The Sharmat Collection displaying the books he wrote, was established at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by the Monroe C. Gutman Library.

Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books together — he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines, was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives in New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives in New York City.

Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books together — he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines, was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives in New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives in New York City.

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Gregory, the Terrible Eater 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ValerieL 4 months ago
Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat has always been one of my favorite children's picture books. I love the fact that Gregory knows what he wants and isn't afraid to ask for it, but he doesn't throw tantrums about it. I love the fact that when they go to the doctor, he suggests a compromise instead of just berating Gregory. The compromise works well and Gregory gets his pasta and vegetables with little things like shoelaces thrown in. This book is very well written. The prose flows along well and the illustrations are crisp and colorful. All in all it's just a fabulous book. I highly recommend it to children and adults alike.
Silvercrystal9 More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. It tells how to compromise with food choice and how you need a lot of different things.