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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Fit-not-Fat by Patrice Lee tackles the topic of weight loss and is about a nine-year-old girl who was obese. She loved to eat and lacked self-control and discipline when it came to eating but she did not enjoy being fat. When she turned ten, she decided to take control of what she was doing. She knew she needed help because she was overweight and her story is the story of victory when she overcame the spirit of gluttony. She wanted her clothes to fit her and look better on her and decided not to let 'fat' take its toll on her. She decided to eat right and eat more fruits and vegetables. She started to walk, stretch, and exercise, and saw the difference. Her determination and self-control worked and she was no longer the fat girl she used to be.
Fit-not-Fat by Patrice Lee is educational and informative and will encourage many readers to deal with obesity in a positive way. Francesco Paolo Ardizzone breathes life into the characters and the story with her wonderful and colorful illustrations that make the topic more appealing to readers. The story celebrates fitness and health and is a good way to make children understand the difficulties of being fat, and how to overcome obesity and stay fit. It is a good book to use for storytelling sessions at home and in schools, especially if there are obese children who can use the fat girl's motto of eating moderately so that their clothes fit and they look good. This story is the best way the topic of being fat can be dealt with when it comes to children and will give them the courage, determination, and perseverance to never ever give up. It will also guide them to eat in a healthy way.