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Review of:

Eat Healthy Parent-Child Learning Activities Books Combo Pack

Producer:Positive Promotions
Date Produced:2012
Format(s):
  • Booklet
Audience(s):
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
Topic(s):
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Set of 5 activity books, each focusing on the healthiest choices from the food group featured. Interactive activities in each make learning fun for youngsters. Each booklet includes 4 pages for parents and guardians help them improve every meal and teach children about healthy food choices and the MyPlate concept.
Cost:$4.31
Free?No
Ordering Info:Order online at the website provided, or by calling 1-800-635-2666.
Web Site:http://www.positivepromotions.com


Content

A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Comments:
These activity books use MyPlate completely.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Comments:
Each activity book has a special section just for parents/ guardians; the rest of the book is appropriate for children with adult participation. (The preK and K target audience would not be able to read these books by themselves, as is explained in the Note to Parents and Guardians on the back of the books.)
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.
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)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for some of the nutrients listed on the nutrition label. If for a low-income audience, some cost information is included.

Comments:
Recipes come from USDA's SNAP-Ed Recipe Finder, but NO cost analysis is included in the activity booklet (though these books aren't specifically targeted for low-income audiences).
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.

Diversity
A. Role Models
Not applicable.

Comments:
No adult role models are featured in any of the activity books.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.

Comments:
The cartoon drawings show boys and girls of all ethnicities and from a variety of city/country settings.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
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.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

Comments:
Paper weight is not quite heavy enough to keep print from other side being seen, but it is not too distracting. All main body text is written in proper upper and lower case 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 9th grade level or above.

Comments:
I ran half of the Note to Parents and Guardians (back cover) through Microsoft Word's readability test and it gave a Flesch-Kincaid readability grade of 9.0


Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.


Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Well written, easy and fun to use, and visually-pleasing activity books on each of the five food groups. Good recipes and activities for parent/child interaction.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Literacy level in sections meant for adults is a bit high for some audiences.
C. General Comments
Great series of booklets!
D. Overall Summary
This series of booklets gives a great overview of each of the MyPlate food groups, along with cute cartoon pictures and simple recipes and activities for young children.


Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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