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Publisher: HarperFestival, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Summary: Happy birthday, Sid! On his special day, Sid the Science Kid tries to figure out what he wants to eat. How about cake for dinner? "No way," say Mom and Dad! Sid wants to know why not? At preschool, Sid and his friends figure out what would happen if they ate only sugar and sweets. They investigate healthy alternatives, and save the sugar and sweets for treats in moderation. The cross between a picture book and easy reader is based on the TV show Sid the Science Kid, and follows the same story formula as the show.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, interactive reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourelf: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 2
Age of Child: Read with and by two boys ages 4 and 6.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids liked this book and asked to read it a couple of times. They have seen the show on occasion, so they are familiar with the characters and the format. We discussed the ideas of not eating too many sweets. They seemed to respond well to the ideas.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book largely because of the way it promoted making healthy eating choices.
Pros: Sid is a character kids know and love. They'll listen to him when he talks about making good eating choices.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great book to borrow because it has great educational value that is presented in a fun way. However, because the theme is so focused, I can't imagine reading it over and over and over and over... If you are a lover of Sid the Science Kid, this is worth a buy.
Educational Themes: This one is all about healthy eating, but you can also talk about exercise and being active, too.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, health, nutrition, series
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2012
Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reader feedback at amazon.com.