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Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate
by Loreen Leedy
Loreen Leedy, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 11 x 9 1/2 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823426027 | 07-01-2013

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Health/Nutrition/Physical Fitness, Fractured Fairy Tales, Humor
Recommendations: SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RI.K-1.1, 5, 6
RL.2.1-7, 9, 10
W.2.2, 3, 5-8

About the Book
Lucky for Jack, the giant he meets at the top of the beanstalk chasing him with a huge fork does not plan to eat him. He is more interested in nutrition than in devouring him. Using the USDA's MyPlate nutrition model, the giant makes Jack a scrumptious meal. As he cooks, he teaches Jack about food groups—grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and dairy—and how much of each should be on Jack's plate. Jack also learns that he should get plenty of exercise, which he does as he climbs back down the beanstalk.


"This is a great teaching tool; children will enjoy the twist on the familiar fairy tale; the clear, accessible information; and the colorful, cartoonlike digital illustrations."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What do you already know about Jack and the Hungry Giant? Compare and contrast the story of "Jack and the Bean Stalk" to Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate. Determine their central message, lesson, or moral. RL.2-3.2, 9
2. Describe each of the characters in the story. What were their actions, traits, and motivations? How did this influence the events? RL.2-3.1, 3
3. Explain how the illustrations contribute to what is being conveyed in words. RL.2-3.7
4. What was Loreen Leedy's purpose in writing this book? What did you learn from reading the story? How will you incorporate what you have learned into your life? RL.2-3.1, 6