What fruit is one of the most healthy treats you can savor? The grapefruit, of course! February is a terrific time to focus on the pleasures of eating this fine fruit as Febuary is Grapefruit Month! Lucky for me, my family members are already fans. It’s Molly and Jacob and Meghan’s–not to mention my–favorite! You might want to share Grapefruit’s Health Benefits with your family. And if you need a few recipes to try out this month, check out these ideas.
Oh, and of course you’ll want to bring the theme into your reading diet as well.
Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Teague
If your early reader is a Poppleton fan (and who isn’t?!), then this collection of short stories is perfect to welcome in the month of February and a celebration of Grapefruit! I’ve always loved the Poppleton books as introductions to the genre of short stories and to chapter books for early readers (and as read-alouds for the slightly younger set). When I realized that February is officially dedicated to my favorite fruit, I remembered that one of the Poppleton stories looks at Poppleton’s own introduction to the powers of grapefruit: Poppleton hears on TV that eating grapefruit can increase one’s lifespan. No spoilers here, but the puckerish taste of the fruit is a bit of a surprise to our hero. This is a wonderful, easy-to-read chapter book that will leave children laughing out loud.