Stargold the Food Fairy is the perfect book for parents who constantly feel the need to say to their children, “No, we are not eating candies for dinner tonight.” The author is a Registered Dietitian who came up with the story of Stargold and Lucie the day she realised that “Because I said so!” was not a great answer when her children asked her, “But why not?”
The story uses a metaphor comparing the building of a house to the building of a person’s body in order to help young readers visualize the relationship between the foods we eat and how our bodies grow and develop. Each different food group and the nutrients held within represent a different building material for the metaphorical house, and only when the proper types of foods are eaten does the house, and thus the human body, grow healthy and strong. The book is also a great teaching tool for dietitians and educators who wish to explain the importance of nutrition to children in a fun, easy-to-understand manner.
Stargold the Food Fairy takes Lucie on an exciting adventure to Growland. Lucie is amazed when she learns that whatever she eats directly affects everything about her body. Lucie doesn’t always appreciate the healthy meals her parents take care to provide. One day, Lucie becomes so angry over the dinner menu that she runs to her room. While Lucie is brooding, Stargold the Food Fairy appears with an invitation to travel together to the magical land of Growland. In Growland, Lucie meets elves that build magical houses and she soon discovers that these houses represent something far more precious. The houses are actually human bodies! Lucie learns that each food group has its own, very important role, and that various foods act as different building materials for her body.
“Good foods build the brain; good books expand it.”
Part of the proceeds of the sale of this book will go to the Malala’s Fund, which helps promote the access of education to children worldwide.
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