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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Bring your good manners and don't be a beast. Let's Eat Together by Reid Kaplan is an adorable book for children that tackles the topic of healthy eating along with the concept of accepting differences in others and getting along with them. The forest animals are joining together to have a meal. Mr. Dog, Mrs. Cat, Senor Bird, Monsieur Frog, Sam the rabbit, the wolf, and a lamb all come to sit together and eat. There is also a dragonfly, a porcupine, a grizzly bear with his clementine, a daddy goat, a mamma pig, and many others. Everyone is invited to join the feast and come with their good manners. All the animals get along well, though they think different and look different from each other.
The concept of the story is a relevant topic and I like the author's approach to it; simple and entertaining. The illustrations by Ambadi Kumar are amazing and they make the concept clear to young readers. The images are bright and cheerful and will draw readers into the story. The book encourages friendship and good manners, irrespective of being from different backgrounds. It is a good book for classroom storytelling and read aloud sessions, and tutors and educators will find it easy to help their students understand the concept of accepting others even though they are different. Storybooks like this with a good concept and those with good messages, thoughts, and ideas are recommended for children while growing up, and parents can use these books at home to teach good values and concepts to kids.