FeaturedPicture Books

Rooty the Rutabaga: A Story About Vegetables, Inclusion and Seeing the Sunny Side of Life

By

Must read 🏆

This book should inspire kids to jump into action when they see a classmate alone or watching from the sidelines.

Rooty, the strange little rutabaga, longs to be included when the other vegetables laugh and play without him. So when a red and yellow pepper's catch-and-throw game tosses a nut his way, the lonely plant seizes his chance to meet new friends.


Many kids will relate to wanting to be included but are skittish about asking to be included in a game. This anxious feeling doesn't just present itself when during playtime, but that's what we are focusing on today. 


The illustrations depicting vegetables engaging in humanistic activities were adorable. This is the first time I've seen a cucumber wearing glasses and wielding a sword. Oh, and the broccoli practicing Tai Chi was too cute. 


Rooty represents someone who feels like they don't belong. They aren't "popular," so they stick to the shadows. Rooty is very lonely; many children can relate to this feeling. 


This book should inspire kids to jump into action when they see a classmate alone or watching from the sidelines. It's all about promoting kindness, which I love! 


After the story's conclusion, there are several interactive activities. First, there's "Rooty's Fun Facts." Next, readers can participate in "Rooty's Vegetable Quiz" and, finally, try to spot the seven differences between the two illustrations. I'm an adult and couldn't resist seeking out the differences. By the way, if you get stuck, there's an answer key. 


Amazon's recommended reading age for "Rooty the Rutabaga" by Steven Megson is 3 - 8 years, and I agree with that age bracket. I would even suggest using it for toddlers to broaden their speech by identifying objects in a photo. Even if your two-year-old can't say a vegetable's name, I think they will like the funny, vibrant illustrations by Andy Yura. They are some of the best drawings I have seen. You might even use it for beginning readers. 


Review submitted to Reedsy on 8/19/22

#KamsPlace


Reviewed by

As an author, I know the importance of book reviews. I've been constructing reviews for a decade and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. FYI: I will be sharing some of the books I read through this site on my blog, Instagram, and Twitter. #KamsPlace Don't forget to tip your waitress! :D

Synopsis

Nobody knows what kind of veggie he is. But will kindness help him find his place in the sun?

Rooty feels sad. Hearing the other vegetables laugh and play without him, the strange little rutabaga longs to be included. So when their catch-and-throw game tosses a nut his way, the lonely plant seizes his chance to meet new friends.

Confused at first by the curious pair of peppers who come across to retrieve their toy, Rooty accepts their invitation to join in the fun. But feeling awkward among the popular carrots and terrific tomatoes, he worries he doesn’t belong.

Can he shake off his nerves and find a wonderful patch of pals?

About the author

Steven Megson is an award-winning children's book author who lives in Newmarket, Canada with his wife and daughter. When he is not busy working on his next writing adventure, he enjoys reading, watching movies with his family and building very large pillow forts. view profile

Published on March 19, 2022

0-1000 words

Genre: Picture Books

Reviewed by