Sylvia Spivens always says no to spinach. But one day Sylvia's teacher gives her a packet of spinach seeds to plant for the school garden. Overcoming her initial reluctance and giving the seeds a little love and patience, Sylvia discovers the joy of growing food and the pleasure of tasting something new.
Parents will identify with the challenge of feeding healthy food to a picky eater during family dinner. Educators will understand the magic and rewards of school gardens. Best of all, young readers will celebrate Sylvia's strong will, curiosity, and, maybe, her love of spinach.
Katherine Pryor made her picture book debut with Sylvia's Spinach , which has been widely used for nutrition education and school garden curriculum. Anna Raff's many children's books include "World Rat Day" by Children s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis. Katherine and Anna teamed up for their second book together, Zora's Zucchini , published in 2015. Sylvia's Spinach was named among "15 Books for Future Foodies" by Food Tank and is a Whole Kids Foundation Book Club selection for September 2016.
|Publisher:||Readers to Eaters|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Katherine Pryor is a good food advocate and made her picture book debut with Sylvia's Spinach , which is now widely used to support nutrition education and school garden curriculum.
She has managed a program to bring local and healthy food to Washington State hospitals and is the co-founder of South Park Fresh Starts, which grows vegetable starts for a food bank in Seattle. Visit katherinepryor.com.
Anna Raff has illustrated several books for children, including World Rat Day by Children s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis. Her illustrations have also appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Before her career as an illustrator, Anna was a designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children s book publishers. She lives in New York City. Visit annaraff.com.
Katherine and Anna teamed up for a second book, Zora's Zucchini , published in 2015.
Read an Excerpt
"Class, the best part about having a garden is eating what we've grown!" said Sylvia's teacher.
So the class nibbled on fresh lettuce.
They bit into far red radishes.
And everyone munched on bright green spinach leaves.
Everyone except Sylvia.
Sylvia sniffed the spinach. It didn't smell bad.
Then Sylvia stuck out her tongue. Licked. It didn't taste bad.
Finally Sylvia opened her mouth and bit that spinach leaf in half.
"Not bad," said a very surprised Sylvia.