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Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? Paperback – March 1, 2012
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Readers, when I first read this amazing children’s book by Joy Feldman I was immediately transported back to a time when I first read The Lorax? No, this is not about environmental concerns, but this is a book that has something to say! It is not only fun, but it charms and enlivens kid’s spirits, while at the same time offering a ‘lesson’ embedded in the very cool illustrations and an entertaining plot they won’t forget!
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? Looks at the world of nutrition, just as The Lorax did for a world that needed to ‘go green.’ Nutrition is a definite problem in this country and, sadly, we know it. There are many overweight children who are growing up and having a difficult time - from being teased (which I know something about because I was an overweight child) - to health problems that come along and are seriously frightening. When we’re young, if we learn a balanced and nutritious diet right off the bat, we won’t have this type of issue anymore and obesity, as well as eating disorders could become a thing of the past. Yes, I know, McDonald’s isn’t going to close anytime soon, but we can find a way to ‘fit’ that Happy Meal in there only once in a while as a treat, instead of running there every night after work because there simply isn’t time to cook that well-balanced meal.
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is a true “5-Star” find and, hopefully, will be seen in every school across the country. As kids follow Maddie and Matt Blossom, who have a Mom that has always raised them on healthy foods, children will find themselves drawn into the story. Matt and Maddie are like the rest of us; they watch all their friends enjoy chips, soda and donuts all the time, and this truly makes them feel ’odd’ and left out. Seeing as that they’ve never had junk food, they beg ’old mom’ to let them have it just one time (one ooey-gooey donut). After all, where is the harm in that?
Although Mom tries to explain that junk food is bad, she DOES let them get whatever they want at the grocery sore (in a section called “The Wastelands” which I thought was priceless.) Matt and Maddie soon find out that the junk food, although really good going down, carries with it some serious negatives (which re told in a humorous extremely fun way)
This is one children’s book that offers a fun, entertaining, charismatic plot with a real point, ad we haven’t seen that in fiction in a very long time. My advice? THIS is one book that should be a children’s television series!
St. Augustine News
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is a colorful, flat-spined children's picture book with a strong message about the importance of eating a balanced diet. Young Matt and Maddie chafe at having to eat the healthy foods their mom feeds them, when their friends often get to enjoy sugary snacks. Then, their mother seems to give in, allowing them to buy and eat as many donuts and other fattening snacks as they want! But pigging out has its consequences, and they soon discover that "you are what you eat" in more ways than one as donuts appear to grow out of their heads! Matt and Maddie learn not only that too much of a sweet thing is a bad thing, but also that there are plenty of delicious, healthier treats that they can enjoy in moderation - recipes at the back of the book for "Maddie's Favorite Corny Tortillas", "Matt's Favorite Sweet & Sour Swiss Chard Extravaganza", and "Mom's New Dessert Idea... The Nutty Roll" teaches parents and children how to make some of them! Highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review
Matt and Maddie Blossom are healthy eaters. This is not their choice but at their mom’s insistence. They watch their friends devour junk food during school lunch while they eat apples or carrots. Just once, they would love to gorge on sugary treats like the other kids. One day, while at the grocery store, they ask if they may have donuts. To their surprise, their mom agrees, letting them get whatever they want. As soon as they are home, they eat every single treat: fruit filled, cream filled, chocolate covered, sprinkled. They gobble everything down. Then the sugar hits. Tummy aches that they will not admit to are followed by crazy dreams. The donuts are growing on their heads! Sprinkles fall to the ground and new donuts sprout up! They run to their mom who explains that it is junk food induce nightmare. WE are what we eat. The siblings decide that they would rather eat health from now on.
This is a wonderful children’s book that teaches the importance of a healthy diet. The illustrate are quite lovely and the recipes at the back are like( pardon the pun) the icing on the cake, or the raisin on the peanut butter, I guess. The book is easy to read and will make a great bedtime story, family read or just something for a kiddo to snuggle up with and enjoy. I highly recommend this book for the classroom, library, home or wherever children congregate to read!
About the Author
Joy Feldman is the author of the award winning book, Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health: Restore and Heal with Nutritional Balancing, a volume dedicated to helping both adults and children find optimal health. Joy loves healthy food and feels passionatley about children's health and wellness. Originally from New York, Joy now lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two beautiful children and her English Springer Spaniel Millie, where she creates books with the purpose of inspiring and teaching both young and old that "they are what they eat."
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Bought for my grandchildren . Did not explain why they should not eat the sugary snacks . They don't get "outwardly"
ill as the children in the story did.
Could not read the accentuated words .
The book is no reflection of the author who I heard being interviewed . She seems to be knowledgeable , experienced in her field
and I would consult with her in full confidence.
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? by Joy Feldman is a fun book explaining children the difference between good food and bad food. Kids want to understand why can't they eat junk food and what happens if you do. My daughter didn't quite know what junk food was before reading this book, but the sooner she understands the difference, the sooner we can start working on good food - bad food works.
Behind this story is the actual understanding what simple sugar of a donut can do to a child. Based on a personal experience, if you don't eat bad food for a long while, junk food can shock your body and make you dream crazy dreams. That is what happened to the characters of this story. But I am not going to tell you anything else, You will have to find that out on your own.
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?
After scarfing down piles of sugary treats, and especially lots of ooey-gooey donuts, they don't feel well. And their dreams that evening hauntingly remind them of the many donuts they consumed. But was it really a dream, or have they contributed to their bodies using donuts as building blocks?
Kids hate to feel different, and parents who want them to eat healthy often feel pressured to conform to the norms of society. But snacks can be delicious and nutritious, and recipes for healthy treats are included at the back of this book. Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is a funny tale reminding kids that junk food really is bad for them, and may encourage them to eat healthier.
Reviewer: Alice Berger