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Pizza and Kale as Friends in Creative Picture Book and Story Introduces Young Readers to Trying New Foods

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Adventures in the School Cafeteria With Super Pizza and Kid Kale

Fun adventures in the school cafeteria with Super Pizza and Kid Kale

Fun adventures in the school cafeteria with Super Pizza and Kid Kale

Can Pizza and Kale Be Food Friends?

Phaea Crede's Super Pizza & Kid Kale is a fun read for ages 5-7 with adventures in the school cafeteria and an unlikely friendship between two food items. Pizza and Kale wanted to be friends but the children at Baker Elementary had other ideas about eating green vegetables. Kale certainly did not belong on their pizza! The children preferred pepperoni and sausage on their pizza that was served for lunch in their school cafeteria. Pizza and kale wondered if they could use superpowers to make the children like the combination on a pizza. The adventures begin when pizza and kale begin trying all kinds of ways to be included on a pizza together. Meatloaf Monday was not a success because the children did not want green salads with their meatloaf. There was even a food fight in the cafeteria. Super Pizza and Kid Kale are afraid that their friendship might be ended if they do not find a way for the children at Baker Elementary to finally agree to eat green leafy vegetables. Even the different kinds of breads did not accept green leafy things like kale. Young readers will find this to be a page turner to discover Super Pizza's and Kid Kale's endeavors to save their friendship and finally entice the children at Baker Elementary to eat green leafy vegetables and salads.

Zach Smith contributed his talents as an illustrator with large and colorful cartoon-like illustrations for Super Pizza & Kid Kale. The adventures on the way to success in saving their friendship and having the children at Baker Elementary accept their friendship as food partners are hilarious.

Super Pizza & Kid Kale was published by Viking, a division of Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 5-7. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-40370-9.


Colorful and Cartoon-Like Illustrations Engage Young Readers in the Adventures With New Foods

Super Pizza and Kid Kale are good friends

Super Pizza and Kid Kale are good friends

The children at Baker Elementary think "Yuck" about pizza and kale together

The children at Baker Elementary think "Yuck" about pizza and kale together

How about kale as a garnish?

How about kale as a garnish?

Food fight over eating vegetables in the school cafeteria

Food fight over eating vegetables in the school cafeteria

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Salad finally becomes popular in the school cafeteria

Salad finally becomes popular in the school cafeteria

Super Pizza and Kid Kale save their friendship and become food partners

Super Pizza and Kid Kale save their friendship and become food partners

Best food friends forever!

Best food friends forever!

Bring Super Pizza and Kid Kale Into the Classroom for Engaging Activities in Learning About Food

Activities for teaching my young students about food and cooking activities were always popular with my kindergarten students. My students were always eager to prepare a dish in the cooking center and there were many recipes always available that were classroom friendly, with the need for only a few kitchen tools, an electric skillet, and recipe cards. I always prepared rebus recipe cards for young children with both pictures and words for children who were just beginning to read. Phaea Crede's Super Pizza & Kid Kale is a fun choice for reading about trying new foods and as an inspiration for preparing new dishes with unfamilar foods. It just might be the inspiration for children to try preparing a salad in the classroom to share with classmates.

*Read Super Pizza & Kid Kale in a story time session. Bring in a sample of kale to introduce children to this green leafy vegetable.

*Take a class poll of the number of children who might put kale on pizza.

*Take a class poll of the number of children who like salad.

*Assign a salad ingredient for each child to bring in to prepare a salad in the classroom. Include kale as one of the ingredients.

*Have a Pizza Day for your class along with the salad that the children prepare. Have a variety of salad dressings for children to choose the dressing that they would like for their salad.


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