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The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! Paperback – January 2, 2008

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Grade 2-5–Featuring a friendly, rotund, green monster determined to make healthy choices, this book presents basic information about food, exercise, and health. Each topic is introduced in one or two paragraphs; additional facts appear in boxes, sidebars, lists, and diagrams. For example, the section on The 5 Food Groups contains interesting tidbits such as During the Middle Ages, onions were so valuable that people paid their rent with them and It takes around 550 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. Other subjects include food nutrients, counting calories and understanding food labels, tips for making healthy lunches and snacks, the benefits of getting enough sleep and exercise, and ways to improve self-esteem. Miller's retro-style illustrations fill the pages with color, shapes, and humorous details, and silly jokes are tucked everywhere. An impressive list of Web sites provides additional resources. This lively, visually appealing book about a critical but potentially dry subject belongs in children's hands.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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Gr. 2-4. Miller, who illustrated Barbara Seuling's From Head to Toe (2002), contributes both words and pictures in another book about kids and their bodies, which focuses on healthy lifestyle choices. Opening spreads introduce the basic food groups, followed by pages about the day's early meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack), with menu suggestions for each. Later sections touch on physical and mental health: exercise, sleep, moods, and things to avoid (drugs and alcohol). The text is sometimes confusingly brief, and children will need adults to expand on such subjects as eating disorders and steroids, as well as on some sophisticated vocabulary (for example, "monounsaturated fat," which isn't defined). The jumbled format, with brief text boxes and bright pictures created from simple shapes, is cheerful, but it makes for a sometimes confusing, disjointed presentation. Even so, the goofy, lime green monster, shown learning alongside his young human friends, will draw some interest, and in an age of childhood obesity, this overview offers teachers and parents useful passages to start discussions about healthy habits. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421398
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By J. White on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For months I'd been trying to educate my 8-year old daughter about the foods she eats and to explain why some foods are healthier than others. She was more annoyed by my restrictions than interested in my rationale. I decided to go online to search for a book that might make the subject more fun and relevent. After an exhaustive search for something age-appropriate, I came upon this book and bought it.

Well, she absolutely loves it. The layout and progression of the content is perfect for her age group and the colors and graphics hold her interest. She told me she "loves" the book and is eager to read more of it each night. And she's retaining the information. I found her reading the nutrition label of a cereal box this morning and tonight, without a word from me, she decided to have only one cookie instead of two.

I recommend this book for all parents who are hoping to communicate the value of good eating to their children. Although the reading level is listed as age 4-8, I think this book is most appropriate for 2nd through 5th graders.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Missa on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
I appreciate what the author is trying to do, however they need to do more research and be more specific in regards to diabetes. There are two types and it is not specified that this book is referring to type 2 because type 1 is an autoimmune disease that cannot be prevented no matter how healthy a lifestyle you lead. I do not need any more people telling my child that if he would just lose weight he would be cured when he is already in the lowest percentile on his weight for his height. So in reality he is skinnier than most kids and eats healthier as well.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ronna Bear on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
A simple review of the JDRF's explanations of diabetes would have clued in the author that his information in the diabetes section of this book is wildly incorrect. From the JDRF website: "Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases where the body’s pancreas does not produce enough insulin or does not properly respond to insulin produced, resulting in high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. There are several different types of diabetes, but the most common forms are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both impact glucose levels, and if left untreated, can cause many complications."
"Type 1 diabetes (T1D) can occur at any age, but is most commonly diagnosed from infancy to late 30s. If a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, their pancreas produces little to no insulin, and the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump, as well as manage their diet and exercise habits."
"Type 2 diabetes (T2D) typically develops after age 40, but has recently begun to appear with more frequency in children. If a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, their pancreas still produces insulin, but the body does not produce enough or is not able to use it effectively.
Those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes manage their disease through a combination of treatments, including diet control, exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and in some cases, oral drugs or insulin."
I won't be recommending this book to ANYONE unless the publisher fixes that information, and more.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CZ on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
If the inaccurate information regarding diabetes written in this childrens's book is any indication of the care taken to explain nutrition and healthy eating habits, I would not recommend this book. Children will love the colors and funny pictures however, they may also have friends who have juevenile diabetes and this book has misinformation and possibly a dangerous explanation of the cause of this disease.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jessica A Helfrich on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is inaccurate and should be rewritten. Apparently the Editor, Publisher, nor the Writer know anything about Diabetes! A person does not get Type 1 from being lazy and not eating right!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By KSweet on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
I don't plan on buying this book, the Diabetes description needs to be fixed. This book will further confuse people with the disease rather then correctly educate! IT saddens me that this wasn't checked! Type one is not caused nor determined by what you eat! YOUR PANCREAS DIES! IT will no longer produce the insulin! PLEASE fix this BOOK!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Sparks on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Having a child that is a type 1 diabetic this book offends me. My child is not overweight and did not get diabetes from being unhealthy. Shame on this author!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jonnikka on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
The book has it all wrong when it comes to Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Type 2 is totally different. Type 1 is not from being fat and or lazy! Needs rewritten!!
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