Having a slight obsession with children's books, I'm always happy when I get to read a new book to Luke. Luckily, he has inherited my love of books and will sit and listen to me read to him for as long as I want to. I especially love books that will help me tie in learning with our reading. Right now he is working on learning all his letters, so the book Healthy Foods from A to Z has given me another way to help him identify his letters.
Helping children learn about healthy foods as well as their ABCs this bilingual picture book in English and Spanish features colorful photographs of engaging faces made of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and soy products. A sample sketch with instructions, followed by additional suggested activities, helps children create their own food faces and connect with peers and teachers. An informative section for parents highlights the nutritional value of 70 foods illustrated in the book. The interactive pages and charming illustrations by well-known food photographer Renée Comet will invite children to visit the book over and over again.
The first thing that I like about this book is that it has so many uses. Not only does it help teach your child about healthy foods, but it incorporates learning letters into it as well. It goes through the alphabet, showcases each capital and lower case letter, and then shows different healthy foods that start with each letter. Not only can you use this book to identify letters and introduce new foods, but you can use it to learn letter sounds as well by pointing out what each food is called and how it starts with the sound that each letter makes.
Of course there are foods that your child will recognize, but there are also foods that will be new to your child as well. The illustrations are great because they make a funny face using the foods featured on that page.
There isn't much story to this book, but your child can read the book to you by reading the letter on the page, then you can read the names of each food. You can put emphasis on each name of food, showing that each food starts with that particular letter sound. You can also have your child do a "treasure hunt" by finding each food in the illustration. I think that has been Luke's favorite part.
At the end of the book there is a section where you can copy the page and then make your own funny face out of the healthy foods, which would be a great way to get your child to try new foods. There is also a section that gives you other healthy foods projects to try like sorting fruits and veggies by color, stringing together a necklace out of whole wheat noodles, or even making animals out of apples or pears. There is even a section for parents that describes the health benefits of each food in the book.
I was surprised by the amount of information that I found in this children's book! There are so many ways that you can use this book and the idea's inside the book, and it may even help you with a picky eater!
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