Hooked on Books | The Tale of Kale: A Book for Kids who Fear Veggies and the Adults who Love Them | By Joanne Sallay
Do you have a child in your life who throws vegetables at dinner-time? If you are like me and have a little one who rejects broccoli repeatedly, don’t give up. You may want to check out a new picture book born out of Toronto.
As a mom myself, I understand firsthand the importance of encouraging healthy eating habits. It’s not always easy to get little ones to eat their fruits and veggies. I was intrigued to learn about the children’s book, The Tale of Kale, co-authored by mother-daughter team, Lisa Borden and Joey Storm.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with mid-town’s very own Lisa Borden about her first book. This is no ordinary tale, it was inspired by a story Joey wrote about her younger brother when she was eight years old (she is currently 13).
This journey follows 4-year-old Andy on his adventures to appreciate kale. His health-conscious family wants him to love it just as much as they do. He tries kale salad, white bean and kale soup, and even kale pizza. Unfortunately, he just does not like it. Finally one day after many persistent attempts, he tries a recipe that actually changes his mind. What is it? You will just have to read on to find out.
With no shortage of things to do, a busy mother and entrepreneur on the go, I was interested to learn Lisa Borden’s inspiration to self-publish this family project. The author shares, ”My daughter came up with this fun story about her younger brother, who is a true character in our everyday lives. I wanted to bring it to life and print for them, but also for as many others as possible—to share, enjoy, and to serve a healthy purpose.”
While this book is perfect for primary levels, the concept is ageless. The main character is very lovable and will encourage kids to try new things and motivate adults to keep persisting if they don’t follow through. The important message to keep an open mind is also transferable to many things in life. According to Lisa, “Life lessons exist every day, if we just take the time to notice.”
Are you still curious what inspired young Andy’s love of kale? Spoiler alert, there’s a recipe at the back of the book for delicious baked kale chips.
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