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Review of:

The Two-Bite Club


Image courtesy of:
USDA FNS Team Nutrition
Producer:USDA FNS Team Nutrition
Date Produced:2012
Format(s):
  • Booklet
Audience(s):
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Child Care Providers
Topic(s):
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:This educational storybook was developed to introduce MyPlate to young children. Parents or caregivers read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites, just like the characters in the story. The back of the book contains a MyPlate coloring page, a blank certificate for the Two Bite Club, fun activity pages for kids, and Tips for Growing Healthy Eaters.
Language:English
Cost:Available online.
Free?Yes
Ordering Info:Visit the Team Nutrition website at the link below to access the material in PDF or to order (for eligible schools and child care settings).
Web Site:http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/2biteclub.html


Content

A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

Comments:
A coloring sheet and two other activity sheets are included. Additionally, readers are directed to choosemyplate.gov website for more information.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Material is easy to read but does not personally involve the reader. Limited use of negative wording (e.g., “Don't eat”). Active voice is used most of the time.

Comments:
Written as a children’s story book, and pauses to engage the listeners can be easily worked in.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.

Comments:
Just enough details in illustrations that will catch children’s eyes without too much distraction from story line content.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight used is heavy enough so that print from one side cannot be seen on the other side. Text is written in a font size that is easy to read, and the main body is not written in capital letters.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Comments:
No formal assessment of reading level but level is age appropriate.


Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Wonderful illustrations and supporting text introduce children to MyPlate food groups and trying new foods in a way children will be excited and proud to join the ‘two bite club.’ The activities for children and ‘Tips for Growing Healthy Eaters’ for adults are useful reinforcements. Black and white masters in the back of the book make it easy to reproduce for groups/classes.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The young characters’ lunches are pictured as consumed in their entirety, leading one to believe the foods and meal were not only sampled but enjoyed, the message emphasis is still on eating two bites. This could be confusing to young children who might think they are only supposed to eat two bites of each food. Consuming more than two bites needs to be reinforced.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
A great resource to kick off the school year for an early childhood classroom teacher, for parents to read and explore with their children, or for child care providers to introduce food and nutrition.


Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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