Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is a delightful book to use to improve children diet. Dr. Seuss teaches the toddler picky eater to try new foods in the picture book. The book’s rhymes and whimsical characters are a wonderful way to capture small children’s attention to try new foods. It makes trying new foods fun!
Little children are picky eaters. It is a chore to introduce new foods to them. Vegetables and fruits are the hardest to add to their diet. It is important for children to eat vegetables and fruits instead of salty and sugary snacks. Obesity is a major problem.
In Green Eggs and Ham, Sam-I-am asks, “Do you like green eggs and ham?” The character, No-Name, replies, “I do not like green eggs and ham.” No-Name, like a toddler, puts his nose and hand in the air to ward off the foods. He defiantly refuses to eat the new foods.
Sam-I-am tries to entice No-Name to try the new foods. He uses rhyming situations to get the stubborn No-Name to eat a tiny bite. Would No-Name try them "in the rain on a train? Would he try them in a box with a fox? Would he try them with a mouse in a house?"
Dr. Seuss gives an important lesson to parents trying to improve a toddler picky eater diet, also. Just keep trying! Sam-I-am does not quit. He keeps trying. No-Name finally tries the green eggs and ham. Guess what happens? No-Name likes the food.
"He will eat it in the rain on a train. No-Name will eat the food in a box with a fox. He is willing to eat the food with a mouse in a house."
Green Eggs and Ham works on two levels. The toddler picky eater will try the new foods offered by parents. Parents should not quit offering new foods to the toddler. A note to parents who are afraid of this method, Sam-I-am and No-name end the book the best of friends.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and his other picture and board books are available at Amazon.com.
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