GOOD FOR ME! by Marilyn Burns


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Like Burns' I Hate Mathematics! (1975) in the same series, this has an alternative, cartoony look, but instead of encouraging kids to think for themselves it purveys the same old categorical wisdom from above. (Yes, you have to eat your vegetables. They're good for you.) Sure, there are lots of questions to ensure participation, but they amount to busy work at its most inane: ""How many people you know have peanut butter in their kitchens? . . . What vegetable was first grown in Kalamazoo, Michigan? . . . How many flavors of ice cream--or varieties of noodles--can you name?"" Speaking of noodles, kids are told that they may or may not have been brought to Europe by Marco Polo, and that they come in lots of different shapes--but not that you can also get them made with whole wheat or other non-white flours. There's a lot of filler about the inventors of different foods--peanut butter and potato chips, for example--but no information that would allow you to compare those two particular snacks nutritionally. A cartoon man says he doesn't eat butter because of cholesterol--but nowhere is that word explained. Overeating? It's a problem. If you have it, get advice. Additives? There are two sides to the argument. ""Chew it over in your head."" But these driblets of information don't give you much to bite into.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1979
Publisher: Little, Brown