It’s Vegetable Glue that holds us together

Vegetable Glue

Oh good! A book that combines a bottom joke and an ‘eat your greens’ message will be a winner with kids and parents alike.

Vegetable Glue, written by Susan Chandler and cleverly illustrated by Elena Odriozola, is a funny, rhyming story about why it is important to eat your vegetables. As Chandler tells it, people must eat their vegetables or ‘bits’ fall off your body. Read this story to your children and if they are like mine, their response will yo-yo between alarmed – “When my right arm fell off, I knew what to do,” to hilarity – “I stuck it back on, With vegetable glue.”.

The little girl narrating the story tells us of the problems she encountered when she would only eat cake – she kept losing bits from her head to her toes – “While others are playing, I can’t even cough. If I sneeze or I burp, Then something falls off.”. Watch your kids split their sides when her bottom drops off.

The rhyme is funny and never contrived (there is nothing worse than a rhyming story that forces words, simply to rhyme) and accompanied by Odriozola’s stunning illustrations, is a brilliant choice for pre-schoolers. The added bonus is the ‘eat your vegetables’ message, delivered in a subliminal way – kids will be focused on the ‘glue’ and the ‘bits falling off’ before realising that the production of vegetable glue involves eating peas!

Vegetable Glue is available from The Book Depository for $10.05. Book Depository delivers free of charge to Australia.

If you are looking for other books about eating vegetables, check our previous posts here.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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