“Local authors, Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak, Marianne Welsh and illustrator Kristen Gau, have released End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, the first book in a series of recipe-adventure stories created to teach and entertain young children. Ideal for early child development, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad uses the art of cooking, colorful illustrations and critical thinking lessons to make learning both educational and fun for kids.”
When local author Eluka Moore contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in checking out End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, I jumped at the chance.
My 5 teenagers are mini chef’s in the kitchen and can cook up dinner in no time. So why would I want a book designed for a child? I’m a former preschool teacher and while I’m not living that life anymore, I have recently realized I am not done teaching a little person….
My 18 mos. old nephew spends a lot of time with me and I am already trying to get him interested in helping me in the kitchen. He is still under 2 but he is so used to coming to Aunt Nicole’s house at least once a week and getting fed awesome food, and he will often sit on the counter with me for an hour while I prepare something. He loves to help pour things, put pieces of food in a bowl, and watch the mixer do it’s work. It won’t be long until I’m giving him minor tasks in the kitchen and I truly cannot wait.
In the meantime, I look for every opportunity to include him in food preparations.
Enter, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad. I was immediately drawn to the concept behind the Kitchen Club Kids series. It’s one big learning adventure, in the kitchen and out. With this book, toddlers and young children learn numbers as they prepare a very simple recipe that is healthy, nutritious and fun to make.
The ingredients are simple and could be changed out to be seasonal or native to your area. The language in the book is simple, rhyming and fun. The illustrations are large, bold, colorful and appealing (even to us big kids). I can tell you all the wonderful things I loved about this book, but I’d rather tell you about the first time I introduced the book to Alex. Because really, that’s the best review there is.
Meet Alex. This little boy OWNS my heart. As a mama who’s youngest is 14, it’s nice to have a little guy around.
So we read the book together first once through. He really enjoyed it, and he is just learning to say words so I was happy to get him to repeat ‘banana’, (nana) ‘blueberry’ (boober) and ‘strawberry’ (which really doesn’t sound anything like the word, but his eyes light up and he squeals… I think Strawberries are his favorite!) I was also happy to introduce him to a few fruit words he hasn’t heard yet. He loved the pictures. One thing I loved about the book is that they have hidden a pickle on every single page. After about the second page, and my pointing and saying “There’s the pickle” at least 3 times per page, he finally caught on and looked for that pickle on every single page… he did attempt the word. Sounded a little like “peek”. It worked for me.
After we read the story, we headed to the kitchen to create our own fruit salad (without “peeks” just with fruit haha) Of course, I brought the book with us because I think its important that he sees, even as young as he is, that you follow a “recipe”. We looked at each page and added the appropriate ingredients while I read him that page. He was absolutely enthralled.
I honestly have to say that he loved the interactive part of making the fruit salad. He loved being able to put the fruit into the bowl (although I must confess, quite a bit of it made it into his mouth along the way, which I thought was super cute).
It’s an easy process. Mom cuts up the fruit ahead of time. This gives you time while you’re reading to focus on your child, and teach them things like counting, colors and words (Depending on age of course).
The rhyming nature of the story is wonderful and held my nephew’s attention. Alex loved putting things into the fruit salad.
It teaches and promotes healthy eating for young children, something that often can’t be established until later in life. Now we can start much earlier.
The fruit salad was of course delicious, and he loved eating the fruits. I enjoyed having him try new fruits he’d never had before. I’m actually really excited about the next two in the series, and will definitely be sharing those too.
It’s important to teach our children to make healthy choices when it comes to food, and for someone like me it’s important to teach my children to spend time in the kitchen, tasting, experimenting….
This book does all that and more.
Coming Soon in the Series:
Garden Safari - VEGETABLE SOUP
Feed Your Senses – HOMEMADE BREAD
Want to win your OWN copy of End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad?
I’m giving away 1 copy to 2 lucky readers!
Open to US and Canada residents only!
Giveaway ends July 6, 2013 and 2 winners will be chosen and notified by email, so please be sure and include your email with your comment. (it’s not published, only I see it!)