Coming on the heels of her debut book, Everyday Paleo, Sarah Fragoso’s new book Paleo Pals, Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship is designed to help kids and their parents learn all about the Paleo Diet and its many benefits. The Paleo Diet, as some of you may know, is short for Paleolithic and is based on the eating habits of our ancestors. This means lots of real food like meat, veggies, fruits and nuts and no processed foods, added sugar, grains or dairy. Since a Paleo Diet is grain-free it is also gluten-free. Although this type of diet may provide many health benefits for the entire family, a huge lifestyle change like this can be extremely hard for children to understand.
Enter Phoenix, Parker, and Piper, the superhero sibling trio that make up The Paleo Pals. Together the Paleo Pals travel the world in their Carrot Rocket Ship to teach children and their families all about the Paleo lifestyle. In this story the Paleo Pals have come to the aid of a little boy named Jimmy, whose family has recently decided to follow a Paleo Diet. Jimmy is convinced that this is the worst thing that could have happened. So it is the job of the Paleo Pals to teach Jimmy that a Paleo Diet isn’t only healthy but can also be fun. To do this the Paleo Pals take Jimmy to a farm to learn where fresh food comes from, teach him how he can help in the kitchen, and help him learn about the mental and physical damage a bad diet can cause.
The book as a whole possesses many positives. The pages are filled with colorful illustrations. And the story, as well as the lesson it teaches, is very easy to follow. More importantly, the book’s author, Sarah Fragoso, is well versed on the subject. Fragoso is not only an experienced author, she also holds a degree in psychology and is the mother of three children, all of which have successfully transitioned to a Paleo Lifestyle. Adding to the overall value of the book is a brief section of children friendly recipes. Two of my favorites from this section are Champion Chicken Skewers, and Fun-tastic Fruit Pops. Both recipes should come in handy this summer.
Paleo Pals, Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship is intended for children between the ages of 4 and 8. However, the story may go on a bit too long to keep the attention of very young children. In addition, I was not completely comfortable with some of the broad generalization used in the book as examples. To me they seemed a tad too vague for extremely impressionable children. Nevertheless, when combined with additional guidance from parents and older family members, Paleo Pals, Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship by Sarah Fragoso can be a useful tool to help transition children to a Paleo Diet.
Paleo Pals, Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship is currently available at most book stores and through Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s online stores. You can learn more about this books author and the Paleo Diet by visiting everydaypaleo.com, Sarah Fragoso’s official blog.
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