The story of Zee and the Magic pyramid brings the new and improved Children Food Guide Pyramid to life. It takes Zee, a plump little elephant on a healthy adventure where, along the way, he finds true friendship. Zee does not know how much he should eat to stay healthy. He feels lonely because no one wants to play with him and so he leaves his herd. On his journey, he meets Mitty, a little mouse that helps him find a Magic Pyramid where he can learn how to eat right. “I can give you very good advice, and if you follow it, you will become a very healthy and happy elephant.” said Mitty. “What is your advice Mitty?” asked the little elephant. “I know about the magic pyramid. We have to walk north four days and three nights to get to this magic pyramid. Once we reach it, I will give you a lesson that will change your life!” said Mitty. In the end, Zee becomes whole and hearty and realizes that he found a good friend that helped him become healthy. This book is written for both children and the parents, stressing the importance of good, balanced nutrition and physical activity.
Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. ("Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2002"; Oct. 6, 2004)
It is vital to educate children about proper nutrition and exercise when they are young. Healthy kids become healthy adults. This book educates little children, as well as their parents that it is ok to eat all kinds of foods in small portions and enjoy each and every meal.