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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.

Comments:
This storybook focuses on introducing MyPlate to young children.
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:
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.
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.
Material includes fewer than three of the above.

Comments:
Resource includes activity sheets, a tip sheet for caregivers, and directs readers to two websites for additional resources.
K. Recipes (if included)
L. Recipes (if included)
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
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
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.

Comments:
Characters model healthy lifestyle habits in the story, such as eating foods from the MyPlate system, trying new foods, enjoying family meals, and engaging in physical activity.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.

Comments:
Characters in the storybook are tiger cartoons depicting a mother and two children.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Not applicable.

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.

Comments:
Colorful illustrations and engaging characters will hold the interest of young children.
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 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.

Comments:
Food groups featured in each section stand out in bold, colorful text.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.


Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This is a fun booklet that can be used in a variety of settings for teaching young children about MyPlate and trying new foods. The activity sheets at the back of the book serve to reinfoce key concepts.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
This colorful and positive storybook is a fun resource for introducing young children to MyPlate and encouraging them to try new foods. Includes activity sheets that can be used in the classroom, as well as a tip sheet for caregivers that could be sent home with students.


Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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