Thursday, 10 April 2014

Book Review: The Prince's Breakfast

A distraught king and queen take their fussy prince on a global adventure in search of foods that he will eat. The Prince's Breakfast is a vibrant tale of parents trying to overcome the problem of their child being a fussy eater. If you are a family struggling with mealtimes, you will sympathise with the king and queen, who are in search of what to do next with their son.

Like many Barefoot Books titles, The Prince's Breakfast uses engaging rhyme and vivid illustrations to allow children to have fun as well as learning a few life lessons. Having struggles with tasting certain foods and moving away from ' go to  ' foods, is a common experience for most, so having fun tales, that may reduce anxiety for parents and children is such a great tool to have. The book takes readers on a jaunt around the world, in the hope that the prince will tempted to eat foods from different cultures.

The book ends with the prince being introduced to tomato ketchup by a man in Zambia . From then on, the prince adds ketchup to all types of food and, for the king and queen, the problem is solved. I have to say that I am not 100% comfortable with the idea of adding processed ketchup to things, to help disguise flavour but it may help some families as a short term measure. What I do love about this exploration of food, is the idea of trying new things, being creative with the foods we offer our children and offering them choices ( we can't put a banquet on every time, like the king, but we can put different options out). I also love that children can learn about what foods people eat in different countries, which can lead on to discussions around origins of food, i.e meat in Africa, tea in China, spices in Mexico. Here at Little Scribbles, we love books that will inspire crafts and activities, something that this book offers in abundance.A fun, educational and encouraging approach to cooking food and eating food, for me, is what works best. Here at Little Scribbles, we love books that will inspire crafts and activities, something that this book offers in abundance. After reading the book, you and your family can have a go at at rolling your own dosas, creating around the world food quizzes, writing your own poems about food from your favourite country or simply painting your favourite meal book is not just for picky eaters, however, this is a fun and engaging story for all the family and is sure to put a smile on everyones face.

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