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Poems on Fruits and Odes to Vegetables

Carrots (2) I'd like to write more posts on how to teach good nutrition to your children.  I'm currently preparing a presentation for 1st graders on fruits and vegetables, so this has really been on my mind.

My poor kids have been completely brainwashed by me. Especially Erica, my teacher at heart.  I came downstairs to find these signs on our cupboards:

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I have always enjoyed finding books at the library that teach kids about healthy food in a fun way.  Recently, I was introduced to this adorable book of poems called:


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One of the poems from the book:


by Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Carrots orange, long and bright

Make my snowman's nose tonight

Carrots shredded thin and fair

Make lovely, layered orange hair

Carrots crunchy, cold and sweet

Make my favorite snack to eat

Isn't it sweet! Simple and sweet.  And what a great forum to start a discussion about all the great things about carrot.  You can tell your kids that:

  • Carrots help us to see better (especially at night!, like a spy!)
  • Helps our blood move better through our bodies
  • One carrot a day has been shown to reduce lung cancer by 50%!!!

Does your family love to read? Do you love poems? Do you love talking about healthy eating?  You should visit the website of this gorgeous author, Judith McLaughlin!IMG_1233 (2)

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01/28/2010 8:13am
I love this blog and share your ideas concerning healthy foods for kids.
01/28/2010 8:21am
sounds like an adorable little book! i'm sure my girls would love it too!
01/28/2010 8:55am
What a great medium to teach children how WONDERFUL healthy eating can be!
Sara K
01/28/2010 8:57am
What a cute idea! I'll have to look at the book if I don't win. ;)
joyce S
01/28/2010 10:00am
fantastic lil' book!! I bet we can even sing these poems while preparing a dish that includes these yummy veggies!!!
01/28/2010 10:12am
Sounds like the type of book I want my first grader reading to her family and friends.
01/28/2010 10:13am
what a cute book.
01/28/2010 10:26am
That is such a cute book! My husband teaches 4K and we are going to have to add this to his healthy foods unit - thanks for the idea =)
01/28/2010 10:32am
Your daughter makes me laugh! I've brainwashed my kids too. My 7 year old tells everyone at school they have to soak up the grease off their pizza with a napkin or they will have a heart attack.
Angela Naylor
01/28/2010 10:34am
Wow that is a neat book! My daughter loves to read and what a great way to teach about healthy foods. How fun!
Tiffanie garcia
01/28/2010 10:35am
Great book idea! My son would love this. :-)
01/28/2010 10:57am
We love books. ...especially ones that "brainwash" our kids 8)
01/28/2010 11:04am
Great book! I'm sure my daughter would love it too!
01/28/2010 11:28am
Sounds like a great book. Kids are sponges, so it's best to get this info into them early!
01/28/2010 11:57am
those signs make me laugh! the book looks awesome! we also like lois elhart's eating the alphabet and i think she also does growing soup (or similarly named!)
Tara LaPierre
01/28/2010 12:31pm
How cute! I would love to win it!
01/28/2010 1:13pm
CUTE!!! You know me. Anything for my children's book addiction! :)
01/28/2010 2:30pm
Such a cute book! I always love all of the info on your blog!
01/28/2010 4:59pm
I love food! I love poetry! You should pick me, Amy.
01/28/2010 5:13pm
I hope I win. What a great book!
01/29/2010 8:17am
this sounds like a great book. i hope i win :)
01/29/2010 8:58am
She is gorgeous! Great book too!
01/29/2010 10:00am
I loved that poem! I wish I could write clever things like that. I think my girls would like that book. I hope I win!
01/29/2010 4:44pm
My four year old wa sby me when I looked at this post and said, "Oh look at those beautiful pictures!" She giggled at the poem. Would love to win this one.
01/30/2010 3:02pm
My son (3) adores poems (and anything that rhymes!). He's not so keen on his veggies though! I think this would be the perfect book for him! Thanks for a terrific and inspirational blog!
Tamara Gore
02/21/2011 4:22pm
I am a first grade teacher in an "at risk" school. We are also a Project Approach school. Our current project is "Healthy Foods". I have been looking and looking for food poems on line. I have no budget to purchase anything but would love to use your book to help my kids. Do you know if I would be able to find it at the local library? Thanks!
02/21/2011 4:28pm
Hi Tamera, It's not my book.. I wish it were. The author's website is: and her contact info is: judy at aimwrite dot net Good luck!
06/12/2011 5:30am
07/02/2011 6:57pm
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07/21/2011 5:16pm
Kids Poem, How Honey Bee make the honey on their colonial nests out of wax
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06/30/2012 5:13pm
amazing poems!
07/20/2012 12:20am
i like carrots. masarap kapag ginawa na carrot shake

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