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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Can We Have a Treat? is a children’s picture book written by S.A. Dymond and Shiloh Dymond, and illustrated by S.A. Dymond. Isabelle and her little brother love eating treats, and when Isabelle came home from school that afternoon, a treat was the first thing on her mind. Their dad reminded them that they don’t get treats before dinner as it would ruin their appetites, but, if they eat everything on their plates, they would get a treat after dinner. When Mom came home, Isabelle and Joe excitedly told her about the promised treat. Mom loves treats too, so everyone was looking forward to their after-dinner goodie. Isabelle and Joe, however, weren’t quite so sure about what Dad had made for dinner that night. It was white and looked different than anything they had eaten before. They were both sure they would hate it, but they took Dad’s advice and gave it a try.
S.A. Dymond and Shiloh Dymond’s children’s picture book, Can We Have a Treat?, addresses a common issue in many households -- how to get kids, and sometimes adults, to try new and different foods. Isabelle and Joe’s excitement about getting a treat, perhaps, may give them extra incentive to give that strange new food a try. Knowing that only a try is needed also helps kids feel empowered about the decision of whether to accept the new food or not. The book also introduces a family where the mom works outside the home while the dad is at home with the kids, which is a nice reinforcement for kids with stay-at-home dads, and a fine way to show kids in traditional households that culturally expected gender roles are not carved in stone. S.A. Dymond’s illustrations are cheerful and brightly colored, and work quite well with the text. Can We Have a Treat? is most highly recommended.