Thursday, November 15, 2007

Incredible Edibles & It's Disgusting - Children's Books

Incredible Edibles by Teresa Domnauer is a good, easy-to-read book, to introduce children to some unusual foods such as oysters, snails, squid, tripe, flowers etc. The book has nice colorful pictures and does not present the unusual foods in a "disgusting" or belittling manner.

As we read the book the kids and I talked about which of the foods we'd be willing to try...yes to snails and caviar, yes to tripe (the girl), no to tripe (the boy and mother).

Another book I like, and we've read a few times, is "It's Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts From Around the World and Throughout History". We enjoyed reading it, even though there were obviously foods in it that we would not even consider trying - but still interesting to read about things that were consumed throughout the ages. This book kind of has more of the feel of trying to appeal to children's enjoyment of things that are "gross". Includes some poems about the foods that are eaten.