“Review coming soon to: www.booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com”Cullengirl l wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Older kids might get the dad's wit, but parents will definitely enjoy this book.”Mrs. Odom wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Disgusting broccoli, smelly lasagna, repulsive milk, lumpy oatmeal and slimy eggs – James just does NOT want to eat such awful things. That is until his dad tells him some creative explanations as to why he should give them a try. After all, he just may like it.
This book would be a great way to kick off a unit on nutrition. Students can explore the food pyramid learn about making healthy choices. They can then compare and contrast healthy choices versus unhealthy ones.
James’ dad creates some pretty far-fetched stories about the foods he wants his son to eat. I like the idea of using this to introduce the genre of tall tales. Students can examine the characteristics of tall tales and see how the author used the same writing techniques in his book. Students can then create their own stories for foods they may not like, using some of the characteristics of a tall tale.
“This book is about an extremely picky eater, James, and his father has to get creative to get him to eat his food. He invents crazy scenarios, like a troll in the basement or an oatmeal monster, to get James to want to eat his food. This is by far the best children's book I've read. It's so creative and something I would do in real life. I would totally do this to my kids in the future. Hopefully, this could help kids be less picky and willing to try new things. ”Chelsea Reid wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“James is a very picky eater he thinks broccoli is disgusting, oatmeal makes him gag, he is repulsed by mushrooms and thinks eggs are slimy. But James father is a very smart man and he finds good silly reasons for James to try each of the foods he's afraid to eat. This award winning book-Geisel makes a great choice to read-out loud before tackling a unit on nutrition or the human body.”Mary Raccuia wrote this review Tuesday, February 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider; published by Clarion Books; New York; copyright 2011
1. Awards this book has won: This book has been awarded the 2012 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.
2. Appropriate Grade Levels: This book is appropriate for children in prekindergarten through second grade.
3. Summary: James is a very picky eater who dislikes food before he knows if he truly likes it. His father starts offering James some other peculiar foods such as well-harvested dirt, pre-chewed gum that has been chewed a thousand times before-hand, and lumpy oatmeal that grows in size. Eventually James realizes, on his own, that he does enjoy his food that was originally given to him.
Review: In this fictional, 2012 Theodore Seuss Geisel award winning book, every student is able to relate to the main characters feelings about being a picky eater. Schneider opens his story with a short survey that determines if the reader/listener is a picky eater. Having outlandishly wild options for other choices of food for James to eat brings a comical plot for both the reader and listener(s) to enjoy.
4. Uses in the Classroom:
• Have the students take the opening yes or no quiz to determine if they are “picky” eaters.
• After each new idea of food is brought up by James’ father, ask the students if they would prefer to eat the awkward food instead.
• Have students work individually to write what their most favorite and most disliked foods are. Have the class meet on the carpet and share their answers. See how many students have the same favorite food and the same disliked food.
• Have a class discussion about healthy foods—why we should eat certain foods or not eat certain foods.
• Have a class discussion about the food-table pyramid; describe was it is and how to use it.
My Tag: Award Winning (B).
“Do you have a child that has a very limited palate? You know then, you must be creative! James, the child in this story has lots of food he does not like to eat. His father has to become creative in order to get James to eat these foods. From broccoli to milk, his father makes up stories and tales to trick James into eating foods that are healthy for him. If he wants strong bones or a sharp mind, he must fill his body with foods that will give him those qualities.
This is a good book for prek-3. This would be a good book for kids in your class who refuse to eat foods that are healthier options. It would also be a good book to reccomend to parents of picky eaters.”
“Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: Maybe this ffod doesnt look so bad.
Summary: K-3. A boy whio is reluctant to eat healthful foods is offered gross alternatives and ridiculous situations by his father, resulting in him eating the offered food.
Themes and Symbolism: good food is good for you
Authors and Contributors: Josh Schneider
Awards: Theodore Seuss Giesel Award
Curricular Connections: health, decision making, imagination, parent-child relationships”
“Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider, Geisel Award Winner 2012
In this story James is a child who often dislikes the food given to him during meals. When this happens, his father proceeds to tell him hilarious stories about the adverse consequences of choosing not to eat. For instance, when James complains about eating broccoli, his dad gives an amusing and elaborate explanation of how dirt, chewed gum and sweaty socks are excellent food choices too. Parents and children will relate to the stories told by James’s father. Who does not have a picky eater or know someone who is one?
Connections: This book would be a great addition to an elementary school library. Teachers, students and parents would enjoy these humorous tales. Parents could benefit from reading the father’s creative approach to encourage his son to eat. On the other hand, picky eaters will hopefully realize that one must try the food before dismissing it.
“As a humourous read-aloud, this book will have studens laughing about or thinking twice about any poor eating habits they might have. The situations are outrageous: eating dirt or oatmeal that grows if you don't eat it when it's served (lumps and all).
I might use it with upper elementary students who are struggling readers. The pictures give good context clues, and it's humorous enough for them to keep reading. The short chapters make it seem like an easy read. It could also be a good hook for a unit on healthy eating.”