I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Alana's Bananas from Asmaa Hussein, owner of Ruqaya's Bookshelf. I was always a fan of her children's books because they were more than just a story, they always have a lesson. However, since my daughter is only 23 months, I wasn't sure if she would be able to catch on to the full meaning of the book.
Alana's Bananas is a story about a girl, Alana, that loves bananas a little too much.
I decided to sit down with my daughter and read Alana's Bananas to her. As soon as we started reading, my daughter insisted that she eat a banana while I read to her (that's a win!). It is a lot longer than most books she is used to and she absolutely LOVED that! She loves being read to so she liked that the story wasn't done so quickly and had a longer narrative.
The images are very vibrant and my daughter enjoyed pointing out different elements, such as "nananas" for bananas.
It has been a week since I received Alana's Bananas and my daughter makes sure I read it to her at least once a day.
I definitely see this book as one that she will grow up with. While right now she is mesmerized by the words she recognizes and images, as she grows older she will gain an understanding of the story and lesson behind Alana's Bananas.
One of my favourite parts of Alana's Bananas is the delicious AND healthy banana muffins recipe on the back of the book! I was out of cupcake liners so I decided to make it into a Banana Bread Bundt. It was so good that I already promised my family that I will make them another one this week!
One of the major themes of this story is of Alana only eating bananas and not willing to try new foods. Many parents can relate to this and struggle with having their children eat a variety of foods. Here are a few tips that can help you and your family enjoy all foods and decrease "picky eating" tendencies.
Get kids involved in the kitchen. When they are a part of the cooking process, they are more likely to try what they make.
Have at least one familiar food at the table when introducing a new food. This way, children don't feel pressured to have to eat only the new food.
Don't label a child as a "picky eater" or completely stop giving foods they "don't like". Research has shown it sometimes takes more than 12-17 times before a child likes a new food item! If a child doesn't like a certain food, try reintroducing at a later time.
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