Children's Picture Books

I HATE OATMEAL

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This is a fanciful addition to the existing selection of books about picky eaters.

Synopsis

A delightful book for picky little eaters.
Timmy refuses to eat his oatmeal. Mother tries to make his cereal look yummy, with no luck. See what she does with the oatmeal and how Timmy reacts.

Sometimes, giving food a second chance makes all the difference. Timmy, an adventurous and inquisitive young white boy, is served oatmeal every morning for breakfast. His mother, a quintessential ‘50s housewife, dutifully places a bowl in front of him each morning with a different topping every day. After picking off the toppings and eating only them, Timmy announces “I hate oatmeal!” and goes about his day. He receives oatmeal each morning, and every day he refuses to eat it. So, one day, Timmy wonders what happens to the oatmeal he does not eat. He follows his mother outside and watches as she spoon feeds the oatmeal to a flock appreciative, yellow birds. When Timmy sees how much the birds enjoy the oatmeal, he decides to take a deep breath and see what he has been missing.


Parents everywhere recognize the behavior of a picky eater when they see one. Some may give in, but others, like the mother in this story, are persistent in their attempts to introduce their children to new types of food. Despite Timmy’s vehement declarations, his mother is unphased, always put together and wearing a smile on her face. The illustrative style is similar to something out of Alice in Wonderland, the backgrounds often more stylized than realistic. Each time Timmy comes to the kitchen for breakfast, he is dressed as one of many unique characters. The setting for each is shown on the right side of the image, showcasing the make-believe world inside Timmy’s head adjacent to the real-life kitchen. Repetitive phrasing and structure give the story a predictable pacing, ideally suited to young elementary school-aged readers. While the text itself is short, the illustrations invite conversation about what Timmy is pretending to be. This is a fanciful addition to the existing selection of books about picky eaters. 


Grades pre-K to 1

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Synopsis

A delightful book for picky little eaters.
Timmy refuses to eat his oatmeal. Mother tries to make his cereal look yummy, with no luck. See what she does with the oatmeal and how Timmy reacts.

About the author

Jan Lis is south Florida writer and artist. Living in this multicultural area, Jan uses these diverse cultural influences in her stories. Jan attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, has a degree from Ohio University’s School of Fine Art, and took post-graduate writing at Case-Western Reserve. view profile

Published on August 24, 2020

Published by ELK LAKE PUBLISHING, INC.

0-1000 words

Genre: Children's Picture Books

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