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The handout and discussion questions are in Spanish. Instructions are in English.


  • Children will be able to identify fruits and vegetables they like.
  • Older children will know that eating fruits and vegetables will help them grow to be healthy.
  • Parents will be able to observe methods of reading to children.

Note: While the book, Lunch, is for children one to five, the activities in the lesson will work best with two to five year olds.


Book: Lunch by Denise Fleming, Henry Holt and Company, New York 1995. Paperback is $5.95.

Copies of the attached: 
mouse bulletLet's Read at Home!
mouse bullet"Lunch Cards" sheet for parents.


Tasting: Samples for tasting of turnips, oranges, carrots, corn, peas, blueberries, grapes, apples, or watermelon. Soap and water or prepackaged hand wipes for cleaning hands.

Coloring: Blank paper or a blank paper plate with crayons or magic markers for drawing.

Tracing: Butcher paper and crayons.


Contact your local library. Find out if Lunch by Denise Fleming is available. If it is not, get a list of books on nutrition for children from one to five years of age. You may want to put a copy of the book in your lending library for clients to use.


Introduce the book to the children before you start reading. Look at the cover with them and ask what they see there. Then ask them what they think the book will be about. Tell them that the same person both wrote and illustrated Lunch.


1. Follow the teaching tip above, and introduce the book to the children. Ask them what they had for lunch, ask them why the mouse is sniffing in the illustrations on the first two pages or ask another question to lead into the book. Answer their questions and comments on the book as they arise.

Note: Besides talking about fruits and vegetables, this book is a wonderful way to teach colors to children. You can talk about the colors in the illustrations or ask the children if they see something in the room white like the turnip or orange like the carrot. Naming the colors will be most appropriate with the one and two year old. Finding other colors in the room will be better for children past the toddler stage.

2. As you read through the book, use the turning of the page to anticipate the fruit or vegetable named on the previous page. This will make the story more dramatic.

You may decide to pass out samples of the fruits or vegetables as you read about each one, rather than wait until the end.

Other questions you may ask as you read:

  • ¿Ustedes comen (dé el nombre de la fruta o vegetal que se comió el ratón)?
  • ¿Cuál es su fruta favorita? ¿Su vegetal favorito?
  • ¿A qué parte del cuerpo del ratón se fue su comida que se comió?
  • ¿A dónde va la comida que comen?
  • ¿Por qué tenía hambre el ratón?
  • ¿Cuándo sienten ustedes hambre?
  • ¿Qué color es el mantel?
  • ¿En qué se parece el ratón a ustedes?
  • ¿En qué es diferente?
  • ¿Qué comió el ratón para su cena? ¿Desayuno?
  • ¿Qué comen ustedes de cena? ¿Desayuno?
  • ¿Que otro alimento cree usted que el ratón debería probar? ¿Por qué?

Remember to gear your questions to the age of the children in the audience.

3. Pick an activity to do with the children in class. Also, send the activities sheet home with the parents so that they can continue the class at home with their children.

Tasting: Taste some of the fruits and vegetables mentioned in the book. You can cut up the fruits and vegetables ahead of time and talk about each one as the children eat it. Possible topics for discussion are the color of the food or where the food shows up in the drawing of the mouse on the last page of the book. Ask the children where the food they eat goes in their body. Remember to have children wash their hands or wipe them off with a prepackaged hand wipe before they eat.

Coloring: Use a blank sheet of paper or a white paper plate. Let each child draw their favorite fruit or vegetable on it. They can put their drawing up at home. You could also ask the children which of the foods the mouse ate that they would like to try.

Tracing: Let each child lie down on a sheet of butcher paper. Have their mother trace the outline of their body on the paper with a crayon. Then let each child draw where the fruits and vegetables are in their bodies, similar to the mouse on the last page of the book. Discuss with them how healthy foods make their bodies healthy. Let them take their silhouettes home.

Pretending: Let each child in the class pretend to be the mouse eating their favorite food. Then let them pretend to be the mouse eating the fruits and vegetables in the book.

4. Give the parents the activities sheet to do at home:

Give theLet's Read at Home! sheet which is attached. Here is a further explanation of the sheet so that you can discuss it with the parents.

"1. Lea el libro con su hijo(a) otra vez en casa. Su biblioteca local puede tener el libro. Si este no está disponible, pida prestado otro libro y léalo varias veces con su hijo."

Anime a los padres a leerle a sus hijos como una manera de dedicarles un tiempo de calidad juntos. La Comida podría ser parte de la biblioteca de presta en WIC para clientes.

"2. Use la hoja adjunta llamada mouse bullet "Tarjetas para el libro (Lunch)."

La hoja debería primero ser cortada y dividida en cuatro partes como tarjetas. Los niños entonces pueden acomodar las tarjetas en el orden en que va la historieta. Si el niño pone las cartas en el orden incorrecto, lo ideal sería que los padres dejaran a los niños leer el libro otra vez y entonces que ellos mismos corrigieran su error. Lo importante es que los padres alienten a sus hijos en sus esfuerzos, no si el niño lo hizo bien o mal.

"3. Deje que su hijo le ayude a preparar mouse bullet las recetas presentando los alimentos que el ratón comió en Lunch (La Comida). (Voltee esta hoja para las recetas)."

Anime a los padres a permitir que sus hijos les ayuden a preparar las recetas basadas en las comidas que comió el ratón.

"4. Sirva varias frutas y verduras para tener una comida como la que comió el ratón. Para hacer la comida aún más como la que el ratón comió, pinte una hoja de papel con cuadros blancos y negros como el mantel del ratón. Use el papel como un mantel individual. Aún los niños que son difícil de complacer con diferente comida disfrutan esta actividad."

Haga un mantel individual y elija los alimentos con la ayuda de su hijo(a) para que sea ¡exactamente igual a la que al ratón le gustaría!

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Last updated January 5, 2011