Friday, June 17, 2011

For Picky Eaters or People Who Hate Oatmeal

So this was a quirky little book.  Not one that I'm planning on buying for our personal library but a funny little story nevertheless.
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster says it's a tale of picky eating but the main focus is that staple of cheap and stick-to-your-ribs breakfasts:  oatmeal.  In fact, oatmeal is the reason for the existence of the Loch Ness Monster!  According to A. W. Flaherty, without Katerina-Elizabeth throwing her oatmeal overboard every day, the Loch Ness Monster would still be a tiny little worm at the bottom of the ocean.

After reading this book, my 3-year-old still will not touch oatmeal.  Sigh.  Hopefully she eats enough other healthy foods that she won't be stunted!

At the end of the book is an interesting experiment that you can do to assess your picky eaters.  Apparently, picky eaters actually have more taste buds and pick up on bitter tastes that we non-picky eaters do not.

But that does not explain why my 3-year-old will eat raw peppers, pickles, and olives, and yet refuse her oatmeal.  Hmmmm.

Back to the book -- it's a cute one that would work for talking about several subjects including the Loch Ness Monster (and perhaps leading into other unexplained . . . things), eating and tasting, and maybe even a little bit of boat travel.

But don't read it your child might be inclined to throw their oatmeal in the fish tank. :)