Gavin, Ciara Bear Likes Jam. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. $16.99.
Bear's very favorite thing to eat is jam. He eats it right out of the jar--sometimes several jars at a time--until his mom puts her foot down. Bear must eat a balanced diet with vegetables before he can have more jam. Eating the vegetables is initially really hard for Bear, but eventually his siblings help turn it into a game and Bear starts to happily eat his vegetables regularly. Now that his eating is more balanced, he gets jam as the occasional treat.
This is a really cute take on the classic battle of getting kids to eat their vegetables. The illustrations are amusing, the text is the perfect length, and most kids will relate well to Bear. The book will obviously appeal to parents who hope the story will encourage vegetable eating in their own home, but kids will enjoy the story even without a lesson being pushed at them.
EL(K-3), EL -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: TC