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Friday, August 17, 2012

Healthy Foods from A to Z Helps Fight Childhood Obesity in America


Recently I had the privilege of reviewing a book that could, quite honestly, change the world of childhood obesity in America.  At least, it should.
The book is called Healthy Foods from A to Z Comida Sana de la A a la Z.
As you can tell by the title, the book is bilingual.  It presents healthy food pictures touting various expressions, using both English and Spanish words, and grouping them together based upon what letter of the alphabet the food name begins with.  The publishers sent me the book in exchange for my opinion.  My daughter and I had a ball enjoying all the fun food-created faces.  Then, we went to town creating our own.





This book  is simply amazing.  It takes a basic, simple, easy-to-understand concept of healthy eating and applies it to another concept that is not always so easy:  Two languages and their alphabets.  The languages chosen by Executive Editor, Stephanie Maze and photographer, Renee Comet, are English and Spanish.



After your child makes it to the end of the book, there are additional activities to have fun with as well as an A to Z section for adults to learn the healthy impact and value of each food introduced in the book.
This book would make a welcome and healthy addition to every school, including homeschool, library.  It combines language concepts from both English and Spanish, health and food science-based learning, math concepts of discovering shapes, interpersonal socialization skills using emotional expressions on each presented face and art.  It also opens up communications about healthy food choices and other conversational topics, in a light-hearted manner, between parents and children.
It's fun to page through just to look at the funny food faces.  It's also an enjoyable way to learn letter shapes and sounds of both English and Spanish words and shapes and math concepts along with a touch of art.

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