The Particular and Picky Eater
Includes A Do It Yourself Container Garden Activity and Resource Guide!
Written by: Loren Rozakos Illustrated by: Courtney Thomas Layout by: Chelsea Brink
Text Copyright © 2010 by Loren Rozakos Illustrations Copyright © Courtney Thomas This story and illustrations represent copyrighted material and may only be reproduced in whole for personal or classroom use. It may not be edited, altered, or otherwise modified, except with the express permission of the author, illustrator and Seven Generations Ahead. Published by: Seven Generations Ahead Percival Perkins original concept created and produced by students from the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. All rights reserved.
The Particular and Picky Eater
Written by: Loren Rozakos
This book is dedicated to all the particular and picky eaters out there.
so eat something sweet (try a peach!). -Percival Perkins
Table of Contents
Percival Perkins W Food for Thought X Do It Yourself Container Garden Y Find It Yourself Fresh Foods Z
.You are what you eat.
. a fifth-grade student.
“I eat potato chips for lunch on Monday” said Percival. “I see.” said Penny as she walked away pondering to herself that potato chips are probably not the healthiest choice for her pal. leaned over Percival Perkin’s left shoulder and peered down into his powder blue lunch pail.“Potato Chips?”
“Of course you do.” Penny muttered as she walked away feeling slightly perturbed.“Are those fruit loops. while passing by his packed lunch. but only the purple ones. “Tuesday I eat fruit loops.” said Percival Perkins resolutely. Percy?” Penny said to Percival the very next day at school.
” “I quite understand.” said Penny feeling a little sour herself. “I like sour.“Gummy Worms!” proclaimed Penny on Wednesday at noon time. “Percival Perkins that cannot be your entire lunch!” “They taste sour.
.” explained Percival Perkins.
Percival’s tummy began to ache.After lunch. The sugar from the gummy worms made him so frantic he couldn’t sit still. He pulled Polly Pratt’s pigtails and he poked Pablo with pencils. Worst of all. “This is positively painful!” Percival pronounced and off to the see the school nurse he went.
. Percival couldn’t sit still during silent reading hour.
but wise. you are a sour gummy worm. “There is an old. Penny Potter began to speak. Percy.After school that same day. Tomorrow I would like to show you a special place designed for particular and picky eaters like you.”
. expression that says we are what we eat and in that case.
” protested Percival Perkins.Thursday. make your bones stronger and give you a smarter brain. “Spinach. Fourth grade students were tending to the broccoli. spinach. turnips. Penny leaned over Percival Perkin’s left shoulder and together they peered down into the rows of dark green vegetable planted in the school garden. Patiently Penny smiled and said. perhaps you didn’t know Percival just a handful a week of spinach or any other dark green vegetable planted in our garden will keep your lungs healthy. “Yes.”
. and romaine and mustard greens.
“Pffff.” Percival scoffed and walked away.
thought for a moment and said.”
.Peeking at the orange section of the garden Percival panicked as he saw the carrots and pumpkins. “I positively have not. Predicting a particular and picky eater like Percival. Penny posed a question to the student. “Have you ever even tasted a carrot Percival?” He paused.
“Perhaps you should know Percival that just a bowl of these vegetables will help your vision. blood sugar control and also keep your lungs healthy.Patiently Penny smiled and said. They also taste really pleasant!” Puzzled Percival pondered the thought that a vegetable might taste good.
As they walked back to Percival’s classroom Penny said. See you tomorrow and bring the rest of your class. “I’m not sure about this…” said a perplexed Percival Perkins.
. “I would be very pleased to invite you to a very special picnic in the school garden.
Pushing open the door upon arriving at home. “Was Penny possibly on point?” Percy pondered out loud. He observed the colorful green grapes.
. Percival pushed the thought out of his mind and went out to play. but his lips pursed when he thought about eating some of the vegetables Penny pointed out. Percival pondered Penny’s words. yellow bananas and red apples. Percival walked directly towards the fruit bowl perched on the kitchen counter. Quickly.Walking home from school that day. He was sure that he would not want to miss a picnic.
At lunchtime on Friday. Percival stared at the platters with uncertainty. She presented two large platters covered with perfectly polished lids.
. Penny welcomed the class to sit. Percival Perkins sat patiently with his classmates at a large table covered with a red checked table cloth ready for a picnic. Penny smiled and removed the lid of the first platter to reveal a rich hearty green spinach salad with crisp white onions and crunchy orange carrots—and a bright assortment of ripe juicy fruit.
. afraid to try new foods. Percival was panicky. He took just one bite. and fresh red tomatoes. Percival spied a zesty tostada platter with black beans. yellow corn.Lifting the second lid.
. such delicious food that came from his school’s very own garden.Percival was amazed at the rainbow of colors that lay before him.
I am so proud of you.” Penny Pratt’s ears perked up and responded. Penny patted her favorite particular and picky eater on his head feeling perfectly pleased. He placed himself at the lunch table in between pals and Penny Pratt and pronounced publicly “I am presently pondering how passionate I am about eggplant. As his mouth started to water.On the following Monday Percival packed up his powder blue lunch pail filled with plump pieces of vegetables served over brown rice. Percival.
. “Bon Appétit Percival!” The End. you are no longer a particular and picky eater.
Food For Thought
Why is Penny concerned that Percy is eating potato chips for lunch? Why couldn’t Percy sit still during the silent reading hour? What do you think Penny meant when she said “We are what we eat?” Why do you think Percy was nervous about eating the food at the picnic? Why do you think Percy decided to pack his lunch pail with vegetables the week after the picnic?
Taste The Rainbow
What color is your favorite fruit or vegetable? What are all the different color fruits and vegetables that you can think of?
Be sure to ask your adult helper about which container you should use. you’ll need to make them with your adult helper. If the container you’ve chosen doesn’t have any holes. Find an adult to help you--pick someone fun! 2.
. Be careful though. Turn the page to see a list of some good (container) candidates.Do It Yourself Container Garden
You can have a garden and try vegetables like Percival and Penny! Here’s how:
1. Ask questions like: how much sunshine will it get? And how big is my container? It’s also good to pick a plant that will grow a dwarf or small plant. Even recycled items like a juice box or plastic bottle can be used for a container AND you’ll be helping the environment. Start by figuring out how the plant will be able to drain excess water when you water it. 4. Prepare your container. the holes can’t be too big or the soil mixture may come out! If your container does have holes that are big. Pick a container to use. you might try putting some rocks or newspaper in the bottom. Be creative! What do you have sitting around your house? An old bucket? A tub? A teapot? An old toy or baskets? Any of these could work. 3. Choose a plant that will work for you and your house.
then you should water. colleen@inthegardenonline. Most plants need a mix that helps it drain excess water. Push the soil around your plant to cover and pat gently. Watch it grow!
Good luck with your garden!
Adult Helpers: Please refer to the National Gardening Association’s kidsgardening. 1/3 shredded peat moss. Next fill your container with a potting mix.kidsgardening. First. 7. but not soggy! You can check by sticking your finger into the soil a little bit and if it’s dry. Here’s a couple of options: • 1/3 potting soil. In addition. how do they look? Wiggle them gently to loosen and then carefully place into your container. Now give your plant a bit of water and place it in an area with lots of light. use your hand to make a hole for the plant that is a little bigger than the pot it came in.org. National Gardening Association/www. Take a look at the roots on the bottom.com. Keep the soil moist. Now you’re ready to carefully place your plant or seed in the container. Squeeze the pot a bit around the sides to loosen and then gently take the plant out of the pot. 2/3 compost or peat moss 6.5. Colleen Vanderlinden’s 15 Creative Container Garden Ideas was another resource and some of her ideas are reprinted with permission by. Sometimes just garden soil is too heavy for container plants.
. 8.com for great gardening tip and ideas! We did and their resource rich information is reprinted with permission by. 1/3 perlite • 1/3 potting soil. 9.
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Thumbelina Minicor RoyalNantes
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Early Girl Superboy Sun Gold Tiny Tim (dwarf) Patio (dwarf)
.Do It Yourself Container Garden
Vegetable Good Container Varieties Provider Tender Crop Top Crop Container Size Plant Spacing (inches) Light Needed Soil Depth (inches)
Chicago.org Lawndale Farmers Market 3555 W. & Central Ave. & Orchard St. Ogden Ave. Washington Chicago.880. IL 60644 Bridgeport Farmers Market 35th & Wallace Chicago.chicagogreencitymarket. & Mies van der Rohe Way Chicago. Cannon Dr. Chicago. IL 60623 South Shore Farmers Market 70th & Jeffery Blvd. & Beaubien Court Chicago. Division St.1266 www. (Winter) 773.chicagogreencitymarket.org admin@chicagogreencitymarket. IL 60610 Lincoln Park Farmers Market Armitage Ave. IL 60649
. Chicago. Chicago. Lincoln Ave. IL 60647
Green City Market South end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Dr.org admin@chicagogreencitymarket. (Summer) Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.1266 www.880. & Dearborn St. 2430 N. IL 60611 Federal Plaza Farmers Market Adams St. IL 60625 Museum of Contemporary Art/Streeterville Farmers Market Chicago Ave.• SGA RESOURCE GUIDE •
Chicago Area Farmers Markets
Lincoln Square Farmers Market 4700 N. Chicago. IL 60616 Division Street Farmers Market 50 W. Chicago. 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago. (Winter) 773.org Austin Farmers Market Madison St. IL 60606 Prudential Plaza Farmers Market Lake St. Chicago. IL 60606
Green City Market South end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Dr. IL 60601
Daley Plaza Farmers Market 50 W. IL 60602 Willis Tower Plaza Farmers Market 233 S Wacker Dr. (Summer) Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Grace St. 241.chicagofarmersmarkets. IL 60657 61st Street Farmers Market 6100 S.pilsencommunitymarket. Blackstone Chicago. Chicago. IL 60643 Erie Street Farmers Market 500 W.org
Beverly Farmers Market 9500 S. IL 606002 www. Damen Ave.com
For more information you can go to:
www. Erie St.localharvest. Chicago.chicagofarmstand. Randolph St. IL 60618 Printers Row Farmers Market Dearborn & Polk Chicago. IL 60622 Pilsen Community Market 1800 S. org/
. Chicago.us www. IL 60637 773. Longwood Dr. Halstead Chicago. Chicago. IL 60605 Southport Farmers Market 1420 W. IL 60654 Wicker Park and Bucktown Farmers Market 1500 N. Chicago. Damen Chicago. IL 60608 http://www.• SGA RESOURCE GUIDE •
Northcenter Farmers Market 4100 N.604
Chicago’s Farm Stand 66 E.
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IL 60654 Openlands Jaime Zaplatosch.2720
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Chicago Area Organization Resources
The Good Food Project Please Visit Website Susan Taylor. Dearborn. Washington St. www.752.org 312. Family Dinners and additional programs to promote healthy family meal practices. www.863. Executive Director The Good Food Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “introduce children to the exquisite flavors of the earth’s bounty and to help them develop a lifelong love of good food.openlands. www. Suite 530 Chicago. www. 60602 312.” http://thegoodfoodproject.S.648.org 25 E.991. IL 60614 847.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 773. IL U. and is an example of the plethora of fresh foods an urban garden can produce.purpleasparagus.1920 1824 W.com 773. IL 60657 Common Threads Common Threads educates children on the importance of nutrition and well-being.net 2001 N Clark St Chicago.commonthreads.0068 Purple Asparagus Melissa Graham. Suite 1650 Chicago.2690 500 N. Newport Ave. Education Coordinator Openlands offers a wide range of educational and consultation services for those involved with school and community gardening.6270 Edible Garden at Lincoln Park Zoo Jeanne Pinsof Nolan The Edible Garden at the Lincoln Park Zoo offers a hands-on gardening and harvesting experience for students. President Purple Asparagus is a non-profit organization dedicated to “bringing families back to the table”. through a variety of programs such as Healthy Snacks in Schools.
5100 www.healthyschoolscampaign. gardens open to school trips as well as hands-on educational opportunities.5440 The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum The Nature Museum offers a wide variety of hands-on exhibits that educate guests on the Illinois natural environment.
175 N.naturemuseum.org Healthy Schools Campaign Healthy Schools Campaign advocates for policies and practices that allow students. Environmental and gardening education resources can be found in the museum’s library and resource room. 2430 North Cannon Drive Chicago. www.755.• SGA RESOURCE GUIDE •
Chicago Botanic Garden Eliza Fournier.org
.chicago-botanic.slowfoodchicago. Suite 300 Chicago.org E Lake Cook Rd Glencoe.835. IL 60607-7067 312. Peoria.996. sustainability. teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.8700 Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) 2300 Children’s Plaza Box #157 Chicago. IL 60606 312. IL 60614 773.1810 www. IL 60614 312-573-7760 Slow Food Chicago Contact by Website and Email Slow Food Chicago an educational nonprofit that seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system to ensure equity.org Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion 412 S. www.419. and pleasure in the food we eat. Suite 400 Chicago. Illinois 60022 847. Franklin. Community Gardening Manager The Chicago Botanic Garden provides school and community garden consultation.
Growing Power and Genesis Growers. and experiencing food with the five senses. This book is specifically designed to complement SGA’s Fresh from the Farm curriculum and program activities working with children in the classroom and on the farm to teach them about nature’s growing cycles. sustainable building design. and physical health benefits of living a healthy eating lifestyle.sevengenerationsahead. Angelic Organics. local. SGA advocates for proactive. • “Meet the Farmer” classroom visits highlighting how food is grown.org
.About Seven Generations Ahead
Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to build ecologically sustainable and healthy communities. • Parent education. local food raised using ecologically safe and healthy practices. • School-based organic garden development. academic. and fresh. and the farmer’s life. • Local Chef Cooking Demonstrations that show students ways to prepare healthy foods and their nutritional qualities. building healthy soil. Participating farms include the Green Earth Institute. • Tours of local organic farms with structured curriculum activities. and the emotional. For more information: www. Fresh from the Farm offers: • 8-10 week curriculum modules incorporating nutrition and healthy eating. local community solutions to global environmental issues by working to promote clean. food origins. local fresh fruit and vegetable tastings. it aims at educating children about what it’s like to be a farmer. and the health benefits of specific fruits and vegetables. Prairie Crossing Learning Farm. intelligent. eco-effective materials and products. earth-friendly agriculture. organic cultivation. raising food in earth-friendly ways. renewable energy. Additionally.
Loren Rozakos. Illinois Farmer-Consumer Coalition and Debbie Hillman. Dr. Jeanne Ebersole. For more information: www. Tracey E. expectations and desires of school leaders. Shannah Dieckmann. parents and their communities within the spirit of The Act.About Northwestern University’s MSLOC Program
The Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program at Northwestern University is designed to strengthen the ability of experienced working professionals to use innovative people management and learning practices to lead strategic and sustainable organizational change. This book was developed for SGA as part of an MSLOC course designed to introduce students to concepts applicable to leading change. Teams were specifically directed to focus on the needs. Farms & Jobs Act (enacted August 18. Vikash Shah and Rashaun Sourles
. Courtney Thomas. John Sessler. Kimberly Scott. Melissa Tobias And too: The third graders who gave us helpful feedback and enjoyed our book!
The MSLOC student team is: Katherine Beauchamp. One MSLOC team proposed. Dils. As part of the course. Kemia Sarraf. Brad Becker.sesp. Seven Generations Ahead Foundations Panelists: Jim Braun.edu/msloc/ The MSLOC team would like to extend heartfelt thank you to: Our Foundations Coach: Kevin Murnane Our Sponsor: Gary Cuneen. 2009). Arlene Schneider. Founder of the Evanston Food Policy Council And: Chelsea Brink. conceived and developed this children’s book to reinforce SGA’s Fresh from the Farm curriculum. Rebecca Schneider. Jeffrey Merrell.northwestern. Mariana Vasques. student teams were challenged to generate ideas to support the Illinois Local Food.
Penny. A Do-It-Yourself Container Garden Activity and Resource Guide
. how perfectly wonderful eating fresh garden food can be!
Parents and Teachers: This book includes Reflection Questions.Meet Percival Perkins: The Particular and Picky Eater who learns from his good friend.