Format: Board book
Age: 1-4 years
Author and illustrator: Ryan Sias
Publisher: Blue Apple Books (April 1, 2010)
A great introduction to healthy eating, Go Greenie! Are You Eating Something Red? features the appealing Greenie, who is some kind of green apple creature, choosing from a wide range of fruits and vegetables in each colour. The text is very simple — “Look at all the [red/green/orange/etc.] foods. / All are good to eat. / What [red/green/orange/etc.] food would you choose for a tasty treat?” — so as to avoid getting in the way of the main goal of the book: to show off lots of different fruits and vegetables in all their colourful goodness. Toddlers and preschoolers will love pointing out all the foods they can name, and might even pick up a few new ones (yellow summer squash? purple eggplant? green kiwi?”), and parents will love reading about the importance of eating a wide range of produce in a variety of colours…without having to watch their kids’ eyes glaze over as they discuss dietary fibre. We used this book to get our toddler involved in meal planning (well, as involved as a two-year-old can get) by asking her to point out fruits and vegetables she’d like to eat, and encouraging her to try new ones she didn’t know. Short and sweet, this book takes a straightforward goal that can be surprisingly hard to achieve — encouraging healthy eating through reading — and, in a word (okay, two), nails it.