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Gregory, the Terrible Eater

Posted on August 29th, 2019 in STEM literacy links

Author: Mitchell Sharmat | Age: 4-8 years

Gregory the terrible eater

Gregory is a little goat who wants to eat fruit, vegetables, bread and butter. His parents are upset that he isn’t eating rubbish, such as old clothes, tires, tin cans and bottle top. The Doctor has experience with picky eaters and advises the parents to introduce one new item of food per day and they start by adding a shoelace to spaghetti in tomato sauce until, in the end, Gregory eats everything.

This little satire of a child wanting healthy food while the parents are trying to coax him into eating junk (literally!), will easily draw the children into a discussion of healthy food and human and animal eating habits. What do parents usually want their children to eat? How often do you need to try something new before you like it? Why are vegetables good for you? What do goats really eat? What are omnivores? Does anyone really eat rubbish?

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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