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

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 6, 2013

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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Casey March 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

Pick me! Pick me!

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Jena March 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

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 :)

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Holly Christian March 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

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

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Tracy March 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

Looks like a great book!

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Brooke Bernard March 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

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!

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Melissa Gissing March 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

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.

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Michelle Landsberger March 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

Would love to win this for my selective eater…

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Jenifer March 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

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!

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Michelle Landsberger March 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

Would love to win this for my selective eater

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noel March 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hi! love your writing!

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Norri Leder March 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

Recipe for Success is a great organization! Excited to check out this book….

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mara March 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

anything to get my picky child to eat better!

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Allison Hyman March 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

Oooooh I would love to use this book to help some of the kiddos I volunteer with at our food bank!!

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Karen March 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

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?

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Emily March 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT BOOK! NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON IT, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

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Donna March 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hats off to Gracie for yet another endeavor to improve the way our children eat!

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Tracy March 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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

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Korey March 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Looks like a great book!

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Pilar March 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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.

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stef March 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

My daughter would love this book! Pic me.

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Mom in NJ March 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Looks delicious!

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Heather March 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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!

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Cady March 7, 2013 at 6:13 am

Love the idea of this book! Anything to persuade kids to give new foods a try sounds great to me.

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Erika March 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

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

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Gretchen March 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

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

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monica March 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

This would be a great one to read to our young girl scout troop!

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Liz March 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

What a fantastic book!!!

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Jill March 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Would love to win the book! :))

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Ana Q. March 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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.

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Eileen C. March 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I eat veggies around my kids with the hopes that someday they’ll eat them, too!

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Miranda March 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This sounds like such a neat book!

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Gary March 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I like to introduce different ethnic foods for variety.

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Stephanie March 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Thank you RFS for all you do for the students in FBISD!

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Kristen Brady March 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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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Bettina Elias Siegel March 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

The entry period for this giveaway is now closed.

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