- Book Style: Educational story for toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 3-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: So very cute and fun to look at
- Age Target: 1-5 Years of Age
- Author: Emelie Kamp
- Author’s Page: http://www.thesugarstory.com/
The Sugar Story is a story about a character named sugar. Sugar, who also just happens to be the food sugar, was originally found in all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Now sugar is found in just about everything in what is (by comparison to fruits and vegetables) massive quantities. Sugar isn’t good for you (and your toddler) in large quantities and our bodies were never made for that amount of sugar. This is the story given to us by Emelie Kamp, who is the author of The Sugar Story; it also just happens to be the story of sugar!
There has never been an educational story that we haven’t liked here at Kids Fun Channel. We educate the basics as often as we can and so we always like seeing/reading something that educates toddlers and children. The Sugar Story’s main goal is to educate your little one about what’s best for them to eat. Our author does this without hitting us with hundreds of facts, but instead tells a cute little story that engages toddlers with its’ characters.
Now, if you’re going to keep a toddler interested in a story, there had better be some great visuals for he/she to look at. What I love about the illustrations in this book is that they’re so simple, yet fun to look at. Every single character you see in the book has a facial expression that adds to the story, and every single picture in the book captured my little guy’s attention. He loved asking me what each of them were and then saying that he had (or hadn’t) tried them. He also told me how much he didn’t like them. All this tells me that he’s engaged in the story and that he’s retaining some of the information. That’s really all I want from a book like this, and it’s accomplished immediately simply through the illustrations.
I know whenever I read a story to my child, I want to make sure that the moral or the message of the book is something I believe in. I don’t want to read books that are contrary to who I am as a person and who I want my little man to be. The Sugar Story embodies something that’s so important to me personally, as I’ve struggled with sugar consumption at points in my life. Not only that, but it’s had impacts to my health and I’ve learned firsthand just how devastating it can be to a person. With that said, I like that this book gives me a fighting chance of explaining to my child why sugar isn’t the best choice and why fruits and vegetables are so much better for him. In the world of fast food, candy, and instant gratification, this book gives us parents an opportunity to talk about the right things.
If you can’t tell already, I’m going to recommend this book. Not only is it a great educational book, but it also contains fantastic characters and a cute story that’s sure to hit a home run with your toddlers. On top of all this great content are a few extras in the book. This includes healthy recipes, a fact sheet about fruits and vegetables, an author biography, and even an invitation to play games on Emelie’s website. It’s hard to find anything parents won’t love, and at only $8.99 USD, the paperback book is inexpensive (not to mention the Kindle version is only $6.15 USD).
If you’d like to get a jump start on teaching your children about nutrition, head over to The Sugar Story website to play games, read more about nutrition, and get your copy of the book!
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,