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A Tale of Picky Eating
by A. W. Flaherty

 


The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating

by A. W. Flaherty
Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

"Katerina-Elizabeth found, sadly,
that her parents had ordered oatmeal for her every day."

Kristina-Elizabeth's parents sent her alone on an ocean liner to see her Ukrainian grandmother in Ireland. For the trip, her parents ordered that her menu include oatmeal every day. Because she didn't like oatmeal, she threw it overboard, everyday. There, a tiny, delighted worm found the grey globs, ate them, and grew. The worm followed the ship to Loch Ness where luckily everyone else tossed their oatmeal because no one liked it. Luckily, too, this enabled the sweet worm to grow up to become the lovable Loch Ness Monster.

Now, doesn't that silly story make you want you to eat your oatmeal?

The full-spread browntone illustrations speak beautifully of the time and mood, and the cartoon characters show emotion and depth. It is nice to see the Loch Ness monster pop up in literature again and might be a catalyst for further reading on the Loch Ness monster. The last page in 4 or 5 pt. black font on a brown background gives some interesting facts about picky eaters in "The Science of It All." We think the last page is the best in the book. Actually, we like oatmeal but we can't recommend the book for grades 3-6. It should appeal more to preschool-2.

Research Links
for
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating
by A. W. Flaherty

Interview with the Author
The Loch Ness Monster

The Legend of Nessie

Quaker Oatmeal

Oats Do More

Literary Connections for
Great Picky Eaters and Tall Tales Stories:

Bad Kitty by Nic Bruel
One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice, (Winner of a Texas Bluebonnet Award)
Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley
Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie by Joe Hayes
Comes a Wind by Linda Arms White
Ghost Fever by Joe Hayes, (Winner of a Texas Bluebonnet Award)

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating

You save money and get more by purchasing our Kids Wings literature collections. A 5-page unit for The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating is a part of a collection of 23 units in Gifts and Givers.

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The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating
is included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


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With special thanks to Mickey Gentle for allowing us to use his original compositions as our background music. We have lost contact with Mr. Gentle. If you know how to reach him, please email us.

 



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