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Title:Pumpkin Post and Banana Beat Newsletters
Alt. Title:Banana Beat
Pub. date: 2003
Edition: 2nd
Includes: Newsletter
Audience: Parents, Children, Preschool, , Elementary School
Language: English, Spanish ("El Reciato" and "Sabrosito")
Description:A newsletter for parents or caregivers of preschool children through grade 3, each issue includes recipes and columns on child feeding challenges, seasonal foods, menu ideas and contains The Banana Beat, designed for the children themselves. The Banana Beat features a fold-open activity poster for the children, a special children’s recipe, a fairy tale, and a physical activity. There are six issues available with a different theme in each issue.
Funding Source: USDA Food Stamp Program, University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension
Developer: Jean Anliker, PhD, RD
Organization: University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension
Phone: 413-545-2195
Length: 8 pages (for both Pumpkin Post and Banana Beat)
Readability: 5th - 6th grade for Pumpkin Post
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Pilot Testing: No
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: None
Reviewers Comments: These bi-monthly newsletters just list the months, not the year, so they may be used repeatedly. Each issue of the Pumpkin Post lists produce in season at that time and at least one of the three recipes that month incorporates those foods. Pumpkin Post has 2 recipes each month and Banana Beat has one. The recipes in Banana Beat all contain tips for children to participate in the preparation. There are some typographical errors in the September/October issue of Banana Beat. Newsletters are written in the active voice. Each issue contains at least one suggestion for physical activity.
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: UMASS Outreach Bookstore
    Mail: 101 University Drive, Ste A4
Amherst, MA 01002-2385
    Phone: (413) 545-5537
    Fax: (413) 545-5174
    Order URL:
    Cost: 18.00 per 25 copies
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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