TV Ads Are Bad: “More TV Means More Junk Food”

From the Hospital for Sick Children’s website, “More TV Means More Junk Food”.

Even if you don’t believe in the pervasive influence of advertising on our thought processes, you can’t deny that if your child doesn’t even know that a particular product exists… he/she won’t pester you for it!

p.s. Another vital factor in the equation is the influence of parental example – I sure wish I was a better model of healthy eating! (Oh Cheezies, how I adore you…)


I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato


I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

aka I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (American title)

by Lauren Child

London: Orchard Books, 2000

30 pages

Age: 3 +

Interests: food, picky eaters, mealtime, siblings

Also by this author: Clarice Bean novels, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?, The Princess and the Pea


Avocado Baby

Avocado Baby

by John Burningham

London: Random House, 1982

22 pp.

Age: 2 +

Interests: food, babies

Also by this author: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, Borka, Come Away from the Water Shirley, Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World


The Magic Pudding

also known as: The Magic Pudding: being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff

Norman Lindsay, author and illustrator

Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1918

reprinted by Mineola, NY: Dover, 2006

137 pp; 4 chapters (or ‘slices’)

Ages: 5 and up, though vocabulary is a little difficult          (chapter book)

Interests: animals, Australia, magic, food, fighting

Never Take a Pig to Lunch: And Other Poems About the Fun of Eating

Nadine Bernard Westcott, ed. and illustrator

New York: Orchard Books, 1994

63 pp.,  56 poems

age 4 and up

Interests: food, poetry, eating, gross stuff


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