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Story by: Mitchell Sharmat
Do you have a picky eater at home? Well here is a story that explores how everyone (in this case, a goat) needs a nutritionally balanced diet. Gregory, a not-so-average goat, refuses the usual goat diet that consists of shoes, boxes, magazines, tin cans, coats, and pants. Gregory only wants fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice. Mother and Father Goat are quite upset! Follow Gregory’s adventure in this book full of bold, wacky, expressive illustrations that brings a fresh meaning to the concept of “junk food.” This creative story teaches kids about eating foods in moderation in order to find a happy balance between the junk foods they love and the healthful foods they need.
The subtle use of metaphors in this story supports a simple nutrition message that is sure to encourage picky eaters to try new foods. Remember, it takes time for kids to become familiar with unfamiliar foods. As the story suggests, try gradually providing your picky eater with one new food each day or each week.
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Gregory, the Terrible Eater,Mitchell Sharmat. Four Winds Press, New York: 1980.