For all those picky eaters out there. Lauren Child’s quirky book brings solutions to your dinner table!
By Lauren Child
Published by Orchard Books, UK, 2000
Themes: Food, likes, dislikes, imagination, picky eaters
Winner: of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Norfolk Children’s Book Award
I have this little sister, Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes I have to keep an eye on her. Sometimes Mum and Dad ask me to give her her dinner. This is a hard job because she is a very fussy eater.
Lola’s brother, Charlie, comes up with a pretty cunning plan to entice his stubborn sister to eat some foods she normally categorically refuses to eat. They are at the dinner table and Lola states fourteen foods (all illustrated which she won’t eat, terminating with the dreaded tomato, which is on the NEVER, but NEVER list! Thus, Lola is lured into trying (and, of course, enjoying) green drops from Greenland (peas), orange twiglets from Jupiter (carrots), cloud fluff from mount Fuji (guess!) and ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea (fish fingers).
Charlie is astounded when at the end of the meal Lola asks him to pass her a bowl of ********. He double checks she really wants them, and you’ll want to know her response.
Why I like this Book:
I love the kiddy creativity and logic. Lola declares to Charlie that the long orange things on the table sure look like carrots. But, as Charlie points out, carrots don’t grow on Jupiter, so these have to be orange twiglets!
“That”s true,” said Lola, “well, I might just try one if they’re all the way from Jupiter. Mm, not bad,” she says, taking another bite.
This is a witty, colorful, unpredictable plan to help the fussy become a little less so in their eating habits. I do love Lauren Child’s quirky kids, Lola and Charlie. I wonder if this book could encourage non-Brits to enjoy Marmite?
In pairs, with real vegetables/foods, take it in turns of coming up with creative possibilities for renaming them.
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