- Book Style: Educational book for children and toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 3-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Simple, fun, cute
- Age Target: 1-6 Years of Age
- Author: Emelie Kamp
- Purchase Page: http://www.thesugarstory.com/
The Sugar Story is an educational book for children and toddlers that hides itself in a fun little storybook. Emelie Kamp wrote this story as an easy way to understand the purpose sugar has in nature and why too much sugar is bad for your (and your child’s) body. Our author starts off the book by telling the story about sugar, whose job is to tell people how good fruits and vegetables are. The story then moves on to telling us about how sugar has been removed from those great foods and turned into entirely different things, some of which are bad for us. All of this is done through the cute telling of a story and cuter characters.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the educational nature of a book is one of the things that we like to focus on here at Kids Fun Channel. That doesn’t mean that I want to read purely educational and/or scholarly books to my little guy. That’s not only boring, but I don’t think it’s as effective as an entertaining story can be. One of the things I like about The Sugar Story is just how good it is at teaching without being obvious about it. While there are a few facts strewn about the story, there’s no point in the story where my child became bored.
The topic of this book is something that’s so important for parents to discuss. I have personally experienced that sugar can be incredibly devastating to my body, and have really lived a good portion of my adult life trying to keep sugar consumption in check. I like that this book gives me a fighting chance of explaining to my child why sugar isn’t the best choice and why fruits and vegetables are so much better for him. In the world of fast food, candy, and instant gratification, this book gives us parents an opportunity to talk about the right things.
Now, if you’re going to keep a little one engaged and interested, you’d better have some fun pictures to look at. Tell me the broccoli below isn’t going to be fun to any kid and I’ll call you a liar. He’s a green flying superhero with an orange and red super suit (well, mostly a Speedo…you go Broccoli), so you know kids are going to like him.
What’s more (in speaking about the illustrations), I am not quite sure how Emelie has managed to make the characters so full of life…but they are. Every facial expression is fun to look at and adds to the story being told. It’s little details like this that tell me this book has a lot of thought behind it.
All in all, this is a pretty easy book to recommend. It’s a great educational book hidden in behind a great little story that’s followed up with great characters and illustrations. There are even a few recipes in the back of the book, a fact sheet about fruits and vegetables, an author biography, and even an invitation to play games on Emelie’s website. It’s hard to find anything parents won’t love, and at only $8.99 USD, the paperback book is inexpensive (not to mention the Kindle version is only $6.15 USD).
If you’d like to get a jump start on teaching your children about nutrition, head over to The Sugar Story website to play games, read more about nutrition, and get your copy of the book!
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!