Review sponsored by Kerry Alison Wekelo
The Children’s Book Review | June 13, 2016
Written by Kerry Alison Wekelo
Photographs by Al Wekelo
Age Range: 3-7
Paperback Book: 25 pages
Publisher: Peaceful Daily
What to expect: Nutrition and health, lifestyle
Take a step back and think: What have you eaten today?
Amid the ever-increasing reports of childhood obesity and other health-related issues, IF IT DOES NOT GROW SAY NO: EATABLE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS is an exciting book about nutrition that is body positive and fun.
This activity book features child-friendly descriptions of different aspects of nutrition, from sugars to fiber to the physical breakdown of whole grains. There are word search puzzles and quizzes with nutrition-themed answers as well, adding to the educational value of the book. The book neatly balances the hard facts of nutrition with more accessible concepts, like colorful selections of fruits and vegetables. There are quite a few worksheets that ask children to think about what they have eaten recently, how to categorize their food based on nutrition, and how to make healthy choices in the future.
Several fun recipes with pictures make this activity book interactive. Children will love to bake their own sweet potatoes just like the pictures, or make open smiley-face sandwiches that feature balanced proteins and healthy whole wheat. There are even two types of kabob recipes for both fruits and vegetables. The recipes are very easy with only a few steps, so even the busiest families can find time to incorporate these healthy ideas into snack or dinner time, which is really the entire point.
The pictures and illustrations are good, and the layout of the book encourages interaction and child participation. There are many places for children to fill in worksheets or write about their own favorite foods.
This would be a great activity book for parents to try with their children, especially if they are struggling with making better food choices. The activities are engaging and non-judgmental, making the conversations about food choices more fun. This would also be an excellent workbook for schools or after-school programs, along with other classroom education on nutrition. Recommended for preschool and elementary school-aged children.
Add this book to your collection: If It Does Not Grow Say No: Eatable Activities For Kids
About Kerry Wekelo
Through articles, books, and programs, author Kerry Wekelo advocates for holistic health and intentional well-being for children and adults. She is also the mother of two amazing kids, the founder and visionary of Zendoway and Managing Director of Human Resources and Operations for Actualize Consulting, where she spearheaded and runs a successful wellness program. With If It Does Not Grow – Say No, Kerry adds healthy, mindful eating to the list of important life lessons children learn from her books. Look for Audrey’s Journey, Kerry’s children’s book series focused on living with compassion and joy, and the Pile of Smile Activity Book to give away free to children undergoing cancer treatment.
About Al Wekelo
Award winning professional photographer widely published in Magazines,Books , Commercial Advertisements and International web sites. Nationally AL’s images have been published in Forbes Business Magazine, Forbes Traveler on line, Cooking Light, American School & University and Her Sports as well as JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association, Wall Street Journal on line, and Posh Magazine. 2001 Winner of award from the Virginia Press Association. Images published in books:”Richmond on the Rise”, “Children of the USA”, “Through Different Eyes”, “Fodor’s Cozumel Travel Guide” and images have appeared on the cover of books: “Fodor’s Washington DC Travel Guide 2010”, “Yoga for the Joy of it” and “Insiders’ Guide Richmond, VA”.Presently,Al’s images are represented by Istockphoto in Alberta Canada as well as Shutterstock and Fotolia in New York City.Besides advertisements and editorial assignments, AL creates portrait,scenic,event,and architectural images. In addition to his professional work Al has won state wide and national photography competitions and his images have been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsStudio. Professional affiliation includes membership in the international association Nikon Professional Services and NAPP National Association for Photoshop Professionals.
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