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Sylvia's Spivens hates spinach. Bleh! But what will the picky eater do when her teacher hands her spinach seeds to plant in the school garden? Will it be joyor agony? Join Sulvia as she discovers the magic of growing food from the ground up and what happens when you give something new a try.
Katherine Pryor loves eating spinach sautéed, stir-fried, steamed, or straight from the garden. In addition to writing, Katherine manages a program to bring local and healthy food to Washington state hospitals. She is the co-founder of South Park Fresh Starts, which grows vegetable starts for a food bank in Seattle. This is her first children's book. Learn more about Katherine at katherinepryor.com.
Anna Raff loves spinach, sweet potatoes, and bananas, but steers clear of liver and sea urchins. Her illustrations have appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, KIWI Magazine, and American Illustration. She lives in New York City. Learn more about Anna at Annaraff.com.
"When Sylvia winds up with spinach seeds to plant for her class's garden, she's not pleased: she hates the green stuff. After failed attempts to trade seeds with her classmates, she reluctantly plants hers in a pot. Her seeds take their time to show any green: 'The peas were the first to sprout, shooting up out of the dirt like tiny beanstalks. Sylvia's dirt still looked like dirt.' Once her spinach finally grows, and the students transfer their potted plants into the garden, Sylvia develops a sense of ownership over her spinach and, eventually, a taste for it: 'Â Ã¢Â€Â˜I tried it, Mom!' Sylvia said. Ã¢Â€Â˜It's good!' Pryor's lesson about healthy eating and trying new things is delivered with a light touch thanks to Raff's airy ink washes. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* "15 Books For Future Foodies," Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
A young spinach hater becomes a spinach lover after she has to grow her own in a class garden
For certain picky eaters, the suggested strategy just might work.”
Pryors lesson about healthy eating and trying new things is delivered with a light touch thanks to Raffs airy ink washes.”
"Adults and children are sure to see familiar expressions and recognize Sylvia's objections in the easy language and playful illustrations of Sylvia's Spinach.”
Every child can identify with [Sylvia] as she tastes a new food for the first time
Readers will have fun getting to know Sylvia, and will eagerly join in a discussion of eating habits.”
CLCD, Childrens Literature Comprehensive Database
Sylvia's Spinach reminded me that there's a special, secret ingredient in healthy eating having fun! With great warmth and humor, this book captures the infectious joy of planting one's first seed.”
Ian Cheney, Co-founder, FoodCorps
Understanding food production is pivotal in a childs development of food habits. The more familiar and accessible this information, the easier it becomes for a kid to eat healthy. Sylvias Spinach accomplishes this conversation in an approachable, kid-friendly way from start to finish.”
Ann Cooper, "Renegade Lunch Lady," Nutrition Services Director, Boulder Valley (CO) School District;
Sylvia Spivens hates spinach. Bleh! But what will the picky eater do when her teacher hands her spinach seeds to start a school garden? Is it going to be joyor agony? Join Sylvia as she discovers the magic of growing food from the ground up and what happens when you give something new a try.
Sylvia Spivens hates spinach. "No spinach in my egg! No spinach in my soup! No spinach! Ever!" But one day Sylvia's teacher gives her a packet of spinach seeds to plant for a school garden. What to do? Overcoming her reluctance and enduring a long wait, Sylvia discovers the joy of growing food from the ground up and finds the pleasure of tasting something new. Parents will identify with the challenge of feeding healthy food to a picky eater, and educators will understand the magic and rewards of school gardens. Best of all, young readers will celebrate Sylvia's strong will, curiosity, and, maybe, her love of spinach.