Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Now let's go eat together

The boys have a book about a little rabbit who doesn't want to go to her first day of school.

On her way there she meets a bookful of characters who each tell her about one wonderful part of school: books to read, friends to play with, things to learn, kind teachers and even good things to eat.

It's in Thai, but basically when the rabbit asks if he likes going to school, the pig says:  "Of course I like it!  At school they have lots of tasty, nutritious food.  Now let's go eat together!"


Tasty, nutritious food?!  Tasty? Ok.  Most of those things look pretty tasty to me.  But nutritious?!  Banana cake, coke, doughnuts, fried rice, custard, tea, a sandwich, strawberry lemonade, coffee, a jar of marmalade, an eclair, and green tea. 

It honestly doesn't bother me that the book shows all kinds of food including junk food.   I don't live under a rock - I know people eat junk food every day and that it's normal.  I just don't like the sloppy use of language.  Why did they have to say tasty, nutritious foods?  The word nutritious doesn't apply to all food.  It's an adjective meant to describe certain foods that are high in nutrients.  Otherwise what would be the point of the word?  It it was applicable to all foods, it would be like saying foody foods.  By definition, only some foods are nutritious.

You could say it's not important and that no one would ever even notice such an insignificant detail.  But I only noticed because yesterday as Whim read, M asked, "Are those foods really nutritious?" 

Whim just said that some were and some weren't and kept on reading, but I keep thinking about this book.  Thai kids typically start school around 3 to 3-1/2, so that must be the target audience for this first-day-of-school book.   Why on earth would someone want to tell 3-year-olds that coke and doughnuts were nutritious?  I'm not saying that a 3 year old should never have a doughnut for a treat, and I'm not here to judge what other people feed their kids.  It's just that we owe it to our kids to teach them what real nutrition is, and how treats fit in to the balance with other actually nutritious foods.


6 comments:

  1. written and illustrated by different people in remote studios/offices?

    i am endlessly jealous that you can read the curlicues.

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    1. Well... I actually am proud of that. ;)
      You could learn, too!! It's almost completely phonetic- not like english- so you could read as soon as you learned the letters. Of course you wouldn't know what you were reading...

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  2. I'm super impressed you can read it too!!

    But yeah, that is totally annoying and really shitty. I hate that companies don't care what they are doing to kids/adults/the planet. And I think foody foods should totally be a saying now. Maybe for non-nutritious foods? :)

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    1. Thanks, Tara. :)

      I actually have this beef with a lot of words. If a word is an adjective, we can pretty much be sure it is not universally applicable. Words are created for a reason, and adjectives are meant to distinguish!!

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  3. Oooooh, it is *so cool* that Miles realized right away that they weren't all nutritious! Awesome!! I agree with you, though. Why say THAT about those foods. Kids are impressionable and that isn't the impression to be making on them. --Lisa

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    1. Oh he knows! That is one skill he has mastered. ;)

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