Publication Date: April 2011
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Mealtime—“Yummy-in-the-tummy time”—is an opportunity to teach young children two major life skills: nutrition and table manners. Simple but important mealtime routines come to life as the toddlers in this book remember to wash their hands, use a napkin and fork or spoon, stay at the table, and eat healthy foods. Toddlers also learn the one big rule for mealtime: Always try one bite (“You just might like it!”). Parents and caregivers want toddlers to develop healthy eating habits and positive mealtime routines. This book helps them do so with Verdick’s keen ability to speak directly to little ones and Heinlen’s delightful, appealing illustrations. Part of the award-winning Toddler Tools series.
Elizabeth Verdick is the author of more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, including books in the Toddler Tools board book series, the Best Behavior™ series for young children, and the Laugh & Learn™ series for preteens. Elizabeth’s daughter and son are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. She lives with her husband, two children, and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota.
Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as an award-winning children’s book illustrator with the original edition of Hands Are Not for Hitting and has illustrated the Best Behavior and Toddler Tools series. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, son, and daughter.
“Yet again, Verdick delivers with a book that meets the needs of both toddlers AND their parents. . . . Mealtime is another home-run from Free Spirit Publishing.”
—Chasing Supermom blog
“Heinlen creates contrast and dimension with eye-catching patterns on wallpaper, dishes, and the characters’ clothing. The affirming message about trying at least ‘one bite,’ using a napkin, and clearing your plate should sit easily with readers.”
“This book is adorable and very simple for little ones to follow. I really love the diverse children in the illustrations and . . . I also like the super positive tone of this book and that it focuses on positive reinforcement.”