Written by: Kathy Brodsky
Illustrated by: Cameron Bennett
Released: May 2011
About this Book (as taken from Kathy Brodsky‘s website)
What do you think pigs do when they’re not home? Come, meet Stover, a happy little pig with a secret life… “My name is Stover. I’m a neat pig. I keep myself healthy in small ways and big!” Read what he does to stay happy and healthy!
Kathy draws on her 40 years of experience as a clinical social worker to write children’s books that tap into universal themes and emotions. Her latest book, Stover, is about a pig determined to eat right and stay in shape.
Obesity is a big problem for children in America today. Many children are not taught to eat properly and exercise. Therefore, they become unhealthy, overweight, and out of shape. It is important to me that Raileigh learn the importance of staying fit and eating right.
Stover is an easy way to introduce or reinforce these topics with children. The book is written on a level that children can easily understand and relate to. The illustrations compliment the story quite well. They are inviting and wonderful, and really help to draw young readers into the story.
The book introduces a variety of exercises that children can choose from- swimming, yoga, aerobics, climbing stairs, and more. There is also mention of activities that I have always thought to be primarily more geared towards adults, such as the treadmill. I definitely don’t think I will be encouraging my child to hop on the treadmill. I think there are many far more engaging and relevant activities for children. Regardless, I do appreciate the variety of exercises the author presents.
The end of the book features a selection of comprehension and discussion questions that relate to fitness and food. The questions encourage young readers to think about being healthy, what it means, and how they can achieve it.
Stover introduces an incredibly important topic to children. Through this story, your special little ones can gain a better understanding of what it means to exercise and eat healthy.
You can pick up your very own copy of Stover direct from Kathy Brodsky. Additionally, one lucky reader is going to win their very own copy of this wonderful story!
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Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a copy of this book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.