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5/18/11

Stover {kids book review} by Kathy Brodsky



Author and poet Kathy Brodsky draws on her 40 years of experience as a clinical social worker to write children's books that tap into universal themes and emotions. Kathy's latest book, Stover, is about a pig determined to eat right and stay in shape. Kathy's books have been used by educators as the basis for school lessons and include questions to spur family and classroom discussions.
 
Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled. Now, with around 12.5 million obese children aged 2-19 in America, Stover's message is more important than ever.
 

It's no wonder schools have used Kathy's books for week-long lessons. And Stover, featuring an adorable pig intent on staying fit, continues the conversation-starting style that made Kathy's previous books, My Bent Tree (2008) and The Inside Story (2009), hits with kids, parents and teachers.

Little Stover, as envisioned by Kathy and drawn by acclaimed illustrator Cameron Bennett, is "the cutest little pig you've ever seen," Kathy says.

"He's a pig who goes to the gym and he eats in a healthy way. And in the back of the book, we have questions about being fit and eating healthy foods. I think it's the most exciting book I've ever done."

Kathy's philosophy of helping kids and families talk about tough topics through gentle, encouraging "helping words" is summed up on her website — "Live, Laugh, and Learn with Kathy Brodsky." My Bent Tree (based upon the loving support Kathy received from her mom during a childhood battle with polio), The Inside Story and The Winner Is... all gently and playfully teach that diversity is beautiful and each person is valuable. The open-ended questions Kathy poses at the end of each book help parents and kids talk about issues such as bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem and friendship.

 Now Stover, a minor character in The Winner Is..., takes center stage. The persistent pig brings Kathy's passion for encouraging healthy family lifestyles into the mix as he shows that anyone – even a pig – can be healthy.

"I wanted to show with Stover that even if you're not skinny-skinny you can be fit and healthy," she says.


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This is such a cute book.  I loved reading books to my kids when they were small.  As a family we have decided to donate this book to my daughter's school who is taking up collection of items for those affected by the Tornadoes in Alabama.


I received this book for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this post.


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