by L. Child. Orchard Books
This book explores picky eating habits with siblings Charlie and Lola. One day, Charlie’s parents ask him to feed his sister Lola. Lola lists off all the wholesome foods that she will never, ever eat. Charlie decides to trick her into eating these foods. Instead of carrots, he serves orange twiglets from Jupiter. Instead of potatoes, Charlie serves cloud fluffs from the pointiest peak on Mount Fuji. Lola is so excited to try these exotic treats that she not only eats all the foods she said she would never eat, but she even requests to eat her least favorite food, tomatoes (moonsquirters). Not only does Lola enjoy the food, but she participates in making creative names for the food too.
This book takes a light-hearted, fun approach to addressing picky eaters. However, Charlie claims to approach his sister’s picky eating patterns by playing “a good trick on her.” Sometimes using your imagination makes healthy eating fun. This helps when trying to get your kids to try nutritious foods.
After reading this book with your child:
“I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato” by L. Child. Orchard Books, London: 2000.