Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Love Your Body (REVIEW) Children's Book

Love Your Body

The Fruitable Friends Book 1

Author:  Heidi Fralick
Illustrated by: Brittany Hazelquist
Category: Illustrated Children's Book
Suitable for: Ideal for ages 4+
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Format Read for Review: PDF
Pages: 22

Description: This book teaches very young children to love their body by taking good care of it and not having insecurities about the way they look. To appreciate that we all look different and that is a good thing.

Pros: This book has a really great, and important message. It is a good book to read with your child to emphasize healthy habits and self esteem. It teaches children not to judge the looks of themselves or others. I think its a good book to have your child read anytime they are beginning to have unhealthy habits (like wanting too many sweets or not being active enough), or if they are starting to show signs of insecurities about they way they look. This book does have great messages about loving yourself and accepting others. As kids get to that age where they start thinking that they wished they looked different it would be good to read this to them again and again to reinforce a more positive attitude about themselves.   

Cons: The characters are introduced in the beginning of the book (there is a grammar error on Penny Pear's page) but then those unique characters personalities don't really come into play during the book and it never uses their names again. So I felt like the introductions didn't really have a purpose. After the introductions there are about 10 pages of substance. There could have been more detail on how to live healthy. It only mentions once: healthy food, adequate sleep, and exercise. I would have liked a page on each topic encouraging kids to play more active physical games for example instead of watching TV or playing video games. Also, a page teaching them what foods are healthy and which ones to eat in moderation. Adults will definitely have to fill in the gaps when reading this to the child.

I was given a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. 

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