Let's Eat Together

Children - Educational
40 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2019
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Author Biography

Reid Kaplan grew up in Monroe, CT and has been writing since he was 17. He graduated from The New York Film Academy in 2002 and began making independent films while working in marketing and sales for his families' retail shoe business. In 2014 Reid married his love, Kristen and the two had a beautiful daughter, Charlie, the following year. After Charlie was born Reid began to write stories for children. He has said he finds the most joy in watching children's priceless reaction to his stories. Let's Eat Together is his first published children's book that will become a series of it's own. He is currently finishing up work on his fifth book. The second one entitled, How Did That Mouse Get In Our House, is currently being illustrated, and the third book Good Thing, Bad Thing is in the hands of his editor. A fourth book called Bull Frog, and a fifth book, the second installment in the Let's Eat Together series, has just been completed. In addition Reid and Kristen recently welcomed another beautiful daughter, named Ella Gray, into their growing family.

    Book Review

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.