"A book that empowers children to make healthy choices."
"...gives [kids] the power over the food they put into their bodies. It arms them with accurate information, presented in a fun and highly visual way."
"Fast and zippy, thought-provoking and served up with tons of humourous illustrations."
"This is an engaging and genuinely informative nutrition guide. Excellent."
The days of tweens and teens blithely eating sugar-crusted cereals and cream-filled goodies might not quite be over, but more young people are aware of exactly what they eating than ever before. With the nonstop parade of food commercials on television competing with a growing number of campaigns to halt childhood obesity, who knows what to eat? Kalnins sets out to clarify and simplify the many mixed messages young people are getting about food, and provides a good deal of information in a fun and accessible format. Reading this manual is like having a conversation about food and nutrition with someone who really understands tweens and teens. The author, a registered dietitian at a Canadian children's hospital, uses a chatty, non-threatening tone, even when addressing serious topics like diabetes and severe food allergies. What is most appealing about the book is how effortlessly it empowers young people to take control of their food and lifestyle choices by giving them tools-and gentle reminders to check with adults when necessary-they can adapt for themselves without ever becoming too preachy. There is some very detailed food science in this book, helpful for eaters of any age trying to figure out what different vitamins do for the body or why wholegrain bread is healthier than white. The book features many sidebars with fun facts, recipes, suggestions and recommendations that will surely leave teen readers hungry for more. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile
Gr 3-7- Written to an elementary interest level, the word choices here vary greatly from nursery school (such as "poop" and "pee"') to upper middle school (such as "micronutrient" and "macronutrient"). While numerous cross-references direct readers to other pages for additional information, the text can be confusing as the parts of the page are neither well labeled nor organized linearly. While the text is well researched, with references listed by chapter, there is no bibliography. Cartoon line drawings appear throughout. The recipes have U.S. and British measurements, although the labels evaluated are U.S.-based, as is the terminology, such as names of vitamins and minerals. While allergies are addressed, food-related conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol are barely identified or explained, and the recipes and meal suggestions do not always address these issues.-Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Yeshiva Har Torah, Little Neck, NY