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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Emma Tate is a good girl, but the same can’t be said about her eating habits. Like her friends, she loves to eat fish fingers, chips, sweets and crisps rather than the mashed potatoes, vegetables and meat that her mum prepares for dinner. She often pushes her food around the plate, makes faces, and drops bits over the edge of the plate. Her mum is worried about Emma not getting all the nutrients she needs. One day she buys a lovely plate with a beautiful picture of a house on it for Emma to use. When Emma still won’t eat her food, an elf who lives in the house on the plate begs Emma to eat her dinner because the food blocks his door and windows.
Children are all about taste. If it tastes good, then it’s good for them even though it’s unhealthy. Their reluctance to expand their taste buds also makes the problem worse. There are many ‘Emma Tate’ kids out there, testing their parents’ patience. With the help of the magic plate, little Emma realizes that dinner might taste good after all. I’m sure this charming, short tale would also help others like Emma.
To all those mothers out there who have children who are fussy eaters, Emma Tate and the Magic Plate by Rosita Bird is a fun way to teach children with picky eating habits. With Lynn Costelloe’s delightful and entertaining illustrations as well as Bird’s easy and engaging prose, young readers can enjoy this story with or without their parents.