I like to eat healthy and I want my children to know about eating real food, as opposed to highly processed ones. We have green smoothies nearly every day and juice quite a bit as well. We avoid processed foods and refined sugars and I am forever reading labels when faced with new products. We don’t eat perfectly, but we try.
I was interested to hear about Vintage Remedies for Kids by Jessie Hawkins (the owner and CEO of Vintage Remedies, Inc.). I find its title does not do it justice as to what kind of book it is. Its a little gem of a book packed with information to teach children aged 2 to 6 all about wellness, from eating the right foods (and why) to staying healthy to taking care of the world.
It was beautifully packaged and came with a gift of The Kitchen Herbal too! What a nice gesture! I was confused at first, until I opened the brown package on the right and discovered the letter that explained the additional book. Then I was delighted:)
The 202 pages in the spiral bound book contain 18 lessons. Each lesson includes a parents section, a “read to me” section, additional comments, thinking it over questions, leading by example section, a featured project (often a recipe), and additional projects. Bear and I are truly enjoying reading through it. Even though I tell Bear (and J-jo) everyday why we eat what we eat and why we make the food decisions we make in our family, I think Bear sometimes feels she is the only one not allowed to eat candy or other such things. It’s incredibly nice to have this book that re-iterates everything I’ve told her so that she knows there are other people out there who think like I do about food and healthy living.
I love all the hands-on projects included. We haven’t done many of the projects exactly as written, since the kids already participate a lot in cooking with me, making smoothies and juices, and making rainbows of food on their plates to make sure they are eating a wide variety of foods. The projects in Vintage Remedies for Kids are easy to follow, and simple enough for a 2 year old to assist. I love how the “read to me” sections do not talk down to the kids, but read in a nice conversational style with words that are easy to understand. It’s great to see how well Bear has listened by asking her the Thinking it Over questions. She always surprises me with how much she remembers.
There are no photographs or illustrations in the book; however, there are coloring pages available to download from their website if one needed something to keep a child focused during the “read to me” sections. I expected pages that would go along with the topics in the book, but they are just pictures of individual fruits and vegetables.
Vintage Remedies for Kids is $25 and can be purchased here.
Read other Vintage Remedies reviews (Vintage Remedies for Guys, Vintage Remedies for Girls, and Vintage Remedies for Kids) on the TOS blog.
Disclaimer: I was given this product free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.