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The Food Parade: An Introduction to Healthy Eating for Kids

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
It's time to celebrate with the five basic food groups. The mayor of Food Town introduces each food group as they march in the town parade, from the vegetables, fruits, and legumes, to the grains and fats. Kids learn about the importance of all the food groups and how our bodies benefit from each. There is also helpful information on portion size and exercise along with ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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The art is what makes this book a stand-out, but I was let down by the text. While the tone of the art is whimsical, the text is dry and doesn't feel cohesive. Concepts are cursorily explained using sophisticated vocabulary that will be over the heads of younger children. There is a glossary, but it feels especially off-the-mark, as the definitions seem more geared to an audience of adults than of kids.

I do, however, think there's a place for this book. You could page through it with a young chi
Alethea A
Jan 01, 2014 Alethea A rated it really liked it
So this was a pretty good book! It covers portion control as well as teaching about the different food groups. My one little gripe is that the font is really small and hard to read. Kids will be better off just learning to identify the foods on sight than trying to read their names. When it gets down to the proteins, they tend to be shown in their, er, processed forms, so some explaining might still need to be done there. I keep thinking of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution episode where the kids ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
This is a cute book that aims to educate children — and parents — about healthy eating. There is a food parade, which goes through all of the food groups, telling why each is important and showing many examples of each type of food. My 8-year-old had some difficulty with more complex words, like carbohydrates and antioxidants, but I was happy to help him with those. Those, and other similar food-related words, are defined in a glossary at the back of the book. There’s also a note for parents, ...more
Amy B.
Aug 15, 2014 Amy B. rated it liked it
The book pictures items from the five food groups as characters who parade past the reader. Food facts are scattered throughout the illustrations. A chart in the back shows proportions of vegetables, grains, dairy, protein and fruits necessary for a child’s daily diet.
Although vegetables are the largest group in the chart, grains parade first in the illustrations. A small area is included for sweets, although they don’t qualify as nutritious. On some pages the food items are identified and on so
Mar 11, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, health
The acrylic paint, collage, and Adobe Photoshop illustrations are the stars here as this picture book provides basic information about the five food groups. The illustrations show all sorts of yummy foods that belong in those respective food groups, including a pita pocket, a croissant, and macaroni for grains, for instance, and whole milk, cream, yogurt, and many kinds of cheeses for dairy. The text explains how each food group contributes to a healthy body, and back matter discusses the ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-at-heart
Finally! a book about nutrition that's simple enough and entertaining enough to use with a group of very young children. I look forward to using it for programming and imagine us conducting a stick puppet food parade with our favorite healthy foods.
May 05, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
This colorful, pretty book walks kids through the food groups included in the food pyramid. The text is simple and straightforward, nearly bland. The pictures are darling and are sure to generate meaningful conversations about healthy eating. Recommended for preschool and kindergarten.
Mar 02, 2014 Kendra rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, food
Too didactic for using in a library program, IMO, but would be fun for a classroom for sure. Also just a nice book to look at.
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Jun 24, 2016 Kelsey Yates rated it really liked it
Because she liked the pictures, my 3 year old did not want this book to go back to the library. Fun book on the food pyramid.
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The artwork is truly remarkable, but the presentation of the information could be improved.
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Preschool storytime appropriate
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