Take a look at a burger, peer at a pizza and sniff at your sandwich. Do you know what's inside? How about what your food is made of and where it comes from? Let's deconstruct dishes, break them down and slice them up to find out what they're made of and if they're good for us! This series is a fun mix of illustrations and photographs that introduces readers to nutrition and health concepts as well as exposing them to food from around the world.
|Interest Level||Grade 1 - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||7.75 x 7.75|
|Guided Reading Level||N|
Booklist Review of Blow Up a Burger
This entry in the Deconstructed Diets series (6 titles) gets children thinking about the food they eat in multiple ways. First, it informs them that a diet is not a weight-loss plan but rather what we eat and drink in a day. Then the high-interest book, enhanced with easy-to-understand text, vibrant graphics, colorful photographs, and sidebar facts, focuses on the great American cuisine. A short history explains that the concept of burgers actually originated in Hamburg, Germany. As Vallepur proceeds to “blow up a burger,” she takes readers through the main components of a burger, their ingredients, and occasional modifications. For instance, Vallepur includes vegetarian and gluten-free burger variations, as well as burgers from around the world. With its emphasis on variety and fun, this is one series kids will eat up!
SLJ Review of Deconstructed Diets
Young readers get an early education in nutrition with this fun and informative series. Each book takes a deep dive into a popular food item beginning with a short history of the food before delving into the ingredients by exploring the process of creating each ingredient. Readers will learn about which unhealthy additives they should avoid and healthy alternatives. They will also learn about the consequences of over-processing food and how to adjust recipes for a variety of diets. There is a lot of information but the infographic format keeps readers’ interest high. VERDICT An important introduction to nutrition and mindful eating. Highly recommended.
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