Lucky for Jack, the giant he meets at the top of the beanstalk chasing him with a huge fork does not plan to eat him. He is more interested in nutrition that in devouring him. Using the USDA's MyPlate nutrition model, the giant makes Jack a scrumptious meal. As he cooks, he teaches Jack about the food groups–grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and dairy–and how much of each should be on Jack's plate. Jack also learns that he should get plenty of exercise, which he does as he climbs back down the beanstalk.
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A twist on a familiar tale. The tale starts out like the traditional fairy tale but soon we are surprised to learn that the giant doesn’t want to eat Jack but instead together create a healthy meal. This book is perfect for K-2 classrooms when teaching healthy eating, but don’t stop there. It can also be used: • at a health fair. • by a gym teacher when teaching anytime vs. some time foods. • to compare/contract two texts (multiple versions of the fairy tale). • to expand students’ fluency through ellipses and word size. • in writing to model how authors play with word size and location on the page. • to set up a class debate on it corn is a vegetable (as stated in the book) or a grain. Loreen Leedy also includes additional activity pages on her website as well as a view of sample pages. There is also supplementary information on the USDA MyPlate program that compliments this book. 5 stars!