By Ann Marie Sammataro,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Unfortunately, all the snacks are sweets.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A majority of the food Kipper eats falls into the junk-food category, although one spread highlights a plate of fruits and vegetables for him.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book displays a veritable junk-food feast. Out of the five snacks featured, only one is healthy fare.
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What's the Story?
It's snack time, and Kipper has a hankering for something yummy for his tummy. From cake to carrots, readers are asked to find some of Kipper's favorite snacks. Colorful illustrations feature a delectable display of goodies from which readers can choose, but many snacks are sweets.
Is It Any Good?
As with the other titles in this series about Kipper, the simply drawn and brightly colored illustrations are ideal for toddlers. But KIPPER'S SNACKTIME presents more of a challenge for readers, requiring them to distinguish between hot and cold and crunchy and wobbly, extending its appeal to the preschool set. The problem is that it displays a veritable junk-food feast featuring ice cream, cake, and a hot dog. Out of the five snacks featured, only one is healthy fare.
Toddlers eagerly identified their favorite treats. An extension activity that added a bit more challenge to the simple format for older preschoolers was to name more than one food in each category -- attempting to list, for example, as many crunchy, cold, and hot foods as they could.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about healthy snacks. Using the adjectives in the book -- such as crunchy, cold, etc. -- come up with favorite snacks that are good for you.
- Author: Mick Inkpen
- Illustrator: Mick Inkpen
- Genre: Picture Book
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harcourt Brace
- Publication date: January 1, 1999
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 2 - 4
- Number of pages: 10
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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