Love at first bite

“I am going to marry chocolate cake!” – Betty Bunny

Isn’t that line just divine? Meet Betty Bunny, a rabbit who is a picky eater. Although she is generally reluctant to try new things, Betty tastes some chocolate cake and discovers that it’s the yummiest thing she has ever put in her mouth.

Betty loves chocolate cake so much that it becomes all-consuming. Her mother tells Betty that she has to eat healthy food before sweets and that sometimes you can’t have what you want right away – “And that’s called having patience”. But Betty doesn’t want to have patience, she wants to have chocolate cake!

Parents and children will enjoy the familiar banter that forms the basis of Michael Kaplan’s story, Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake. Betty’s siblings gently tease her after she pledges to marry chocolate cake and Betty’s little tantrums are spot on “This family is yucky!”.

I particularly love the beginning when we first meet Betty – “Betty Bunny was a handful. She knew this because her mother always said, “Betty Bunny, you are a handful.”… Betty Bunny knew that her mother and father loved her and so being a handful must be very, very good”. I suspect that Betty is best mates with Olivia, Eloise and Lola.

This is a terrific book for picky-eaters and about having patience, whatever the reward. It’s suitable for children aged four years and over (note that it is quite a long story – which is perhaps why my children keep choosing it before bedtime?!)

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake is available from Fishpond for $14.94 with free delivery within Australia.

For more stories for picky eaters, revisit our previous posts on Vegetable Glue and Little Pea or for practical suggestions for managing picky eating see Healthy Family, Happy Family.

 

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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