Would you swoon about a rock-and-roll beetroot? Or bow down to the zucchini king? Play tennis with tomatoes? Or is sipping tea with onions more your thing? Whatever it is you fancy, this whimsical tale about vegetables pretending to be humans is fun to read for the whole family. Kate along with her four children (Elijah, Oliver, Ari and Lily) are the creative minds behind “What If Vegetables Were People?”.
Picture Book Inspired Play
If you follow me on Instagram, you will already know how much I love linking picture books to our food play / meals. Playing with themes starts conversations and play is inherently low-pressure. Just like my philosophy around food, low-pressure. Exposures come in lots of different forms and book based play is perfect for this.
For example, here is my foodie-lesson plan based on the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and here is some book inspired PEAR play that is pear-fect for toddlers!
So, if you are looking for a food book that talks about vegetables in a fun way without the pressure-to-eat-undertones that prevail in WAY TOO MANY picture books, this one is for you. Kate is a Melbourne based dietitian and she’s on the same page as me when it comes to having fun with lots of vegetable exposures in a neutral manner.
Why Food Exposure Matters?
“Food education begins away from the table” says Kate. AND I 100% agree.
My 6 year-old loves this book and giggles at the cheeky peas bouncing out of their pods. It is fun and not meant to scare kids into eating (HURRAH!). It is a conversation starter and has some helpful tips for building vegetable familiarity in the back for parents to read. Familiarity is so important for kids. In fact, as I discuss in this post the more we embrace some play with food (and associated mess) without pressure the more likely they will accept a variety of foods.
Disclosure: This is picture takes you via my affiliate link to the Foost store where you can get a copy of Kate’s book. I do love this book. The opinions in this article are my own. I purchased my own copy at full retail rate before deciding that I also loved the Foost kid-safe knives. Subsequently, I became an affiliate to share Kate’s great passion for vegetable exposures.