Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: “Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo”

It feels like too long since we’ve had a book giveaway on The Lunch Tray!  Today I’m  pleased to give TLT readers a chance to win a free copy of a beautiful new children’s book designed to get young readers excited about cooking, eating and trying new fruits and vegetables.

eat it marco poloEat It!  Food Adventures with Marco Polo is the brainchild of Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe for Success.  As you may know from reading here about my experiences as a volunteer with that organization, Recipe for Success offers school kids a wonderful “seed to plate” curriculum that changes the way they understand, appreciate and eat their food.

Consistent with that mission, Gracie’s book follows Ottavio Fornero, a young member of Marco Polo’s expedition, as he discovers new foods through a journey  along the Silk Road.   Accompanying the story are 36 easy and healthy recipes for you to try with your child, as well as a medieval world map showing Polo’s actual expedition routes; glossaries of cooking terms, techniques, and utensils; an extensive illustrated history of the ingredients; modern adaptations; and historical trivia. It’s a gorgeously illustrated book I know you and your child will enjoy.

For a chance to win the free copy of Eat It! Adventures with Marco Polo, just leave a comment below by 6pm CST, tomorrow, March 7th,  to enter.   You can tell us all how you help encourage your child to try new foods, or you can just say hi.  I’ll use a random number generator after the comment period closes to select one lucky winner and if you comment twice (e.g., to respond to another reader’s comment), I’ll use the number of your first comment to enter you in the drawing.   I’ll email you directly if you win and announce the winner on TLT’s Facebook page, too.

Good luck!

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  1. says

    This looks like a fantastic book! I will be directing a summer meals program as a part of a literacy program this summer and would love to incorporate this book!! Thanks for the tip :)

  2. Holly Christian says

    I work in school nutrition and encourage getting kids involved in where their food comes from. Food skills are a dying art.

  3. says

    I’m curious if this is a low pressure book! I am always looking for a way to expose my selective eater to new food experiences without increasing her anxiety. Would love to give this story a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Melissa Gissing says

    Meal Time Hostage directed me to you. Although my case is not as extreme as some others I do have two picky eaters on my hands and could use all the help I can get.

  5. Jenifer says

    I love what you are doing!! Keep up the great work!! I am having (MUCH) better luck teaching my young daughters about healthy eating (REAL food!) than converting my husband! This weekend my daughter (3yo) pointed out to her Daddy that his soda was bad for his body and hurting him. Ouch. We are making progress though! Thanks for your help!

  6. Karen says

    I think we’re too old for this book but I’d love to gift it to my sis or bro who still have little ones at home. And I’d get to read it first, right?

  7. Tracy says

    This book would be perfect for my nine year old daughter who should wear a shirt that says “Body by Chicken Fingers”.

  8. says

    Books, they do work on getting my girls excited about trying new things. We are doing the VegOut! Challenge now, at home and at Kolter ES.

  9. Heather says

    Just having real food in the house has my son aware of healthy choices. He went from asking for jelly beans for snack to requesting carrots and yogurt!

  10. Erika says

    This book sounds wonderful! Especially with the recipes included to stir the kids interests while reading. Would love it!

  11. Gretchen says

    My little one loves history – who knows, maybe it’d inspire her to try something other than dairy and processed carbs!

  12. Ana Q. says

    Me!! I would love to have the book. My 3 year old son will eat anything I put in front of him but my 6 year old daughter seems to have a sensor for nutrients. Anything that is healthy she will try to reject. We have many conversations daily about which foods are good for you and which are not. I will take any help I can get.

  13. Kristen Brady says

    We have a no thank you policy and we also have a point system for trying a new food. Would love a copy of the book!

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