Little Bites At A Time

As I alluded to in the Weekly Menu, Skoogie has not been very keen on eating much of her dinner lately. It probably has to do with the fact that her EVER SO TIRED body is too worn out from not napping to try something tasty for dinner. Or she could be going through a phase. Regardless, I’m tired of saying, “Please sit down and eat,” so thought I’d try another approach…a few being frequent trips to the garden and books.

As I alluded to in the Weekly Menu, Skoogie has not been very keen on eating much of her dinner lately. It probably has to do with the fact that her EVER SO TIRED body is too worn out from not napping to try something tasty for dinner. Or she could be going through a phase. Regardless, I’m tired of saying, “Please sit down and eat,” so thought I’d try another approach…a few being frequent trips to the garden and books.

It’s harvest time and we are eating a lot of the fruits and vegetables that Skoogie helped plant and care for throughout the summer. I’ve been having her help pick our bounty as it ripens so she can sample things right off the plant or as we’re prepping the meal. A garden: it’s one of those ordinary miracles and can peak the interest of the finickiest of eaters.

Some of the books that we’ve been reading alongside the visits are:


The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

An oldie but goodie. Skoogie likes me to read it with her name inserted and tells me she is very patient (some days).


Charlie & Lola, I Really Wonder What Plant I’m Growing by Lauren Child

Some of you may be tired of hearing me say “Charlie and Lola,” but Skoogie LOVES the series. I’ve learned that when there is interest, we take it and run with it, The topics are so relevant to our everyday life, and Lola’s expressions REALLY remind me of Skoogie! Reading the book helped us revisit where our food comes from, including time looking at photos we’ve taken while planting seeds and tending our garden. And of course, we had to take a peek at the video.


Vegetables by Sara Anderson

The colors in this book are brilliant and bold. Who wouldn’t want to eat vegetables after looking at all the pictures!


Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

We don’t always get all the way through this book in one sitting because it often peaks interest in finding other foods that start with a G or a T.


Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Okay, the book hasn’t gotten my kids to eat vegetable soup yet…but they at least know all the vegetable names and will eat most of them individually.


Two Old Potatoes by John Coy

We initially read this book when O planted his first crop of BLUE potatoes. It is fun to remember how planting a few of last year’s potatoes produced the plethora of spuds we are digging up this Fall.


Bud by Kevin O'Malley

A funny take on getting down and dirty in the garden.


The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

I love Grace Lin books, especially her illustrations. This was her first children’s book and portrays a girl who wishes they could grow flowers like all the neighbors instead of ugly vegetables.


Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie DePaola

This harvest story focuses on several themes we strive for: a meal as an experience and sharing with others.

The books definitely provide windows of opportunity to talk about at least trying all of the foods that we serve at dinner, and then it is up to Skoogie to decide how much she wants to eat. An interesting side note, much of our pre-dinner conversation last night related to O’s second loose tooth. It was just hanging on by a thread so we decided to tie dental floss around it. Skoogie said she wanted to pull the tooth out. We said she could if she would then sit down and try her food. Within seconds she had it out!!! She then proceeded to sit down and eat most of her zucchini corn fritter and 6 cherry tomatoes “because when I am six, I am going to lose a tooth.” She bypassed the kale salad, but we’ll try again next time. Little Bites at a Time.

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