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Title:Tummy Talks
Alt. Title:Mi Pancita Me Habla
Pub. date: 2003
Includes: children's book
Audience: Children
Language: English, Spanish
Description:Tummy Talks is a children’s book that addresses recognition of feelings of hunger and fullness. External cues can easily overcome the natural ability of children to self-regulate energy intake. Restriction of access to favorite foods appears to enhance the amount of food that is eaten at a subsequent exposure. This book was written to help adults and children alike to self-regulate food intake.
Funding Source: Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Developer: Madeleine Sigman-Grant
Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Length: 16 pages
Readability: 2.5
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Pilot Testing: A pilot test to determine the book’s content was conducted. The book underwent external review by 8 experts; suggested changes were made. The revised book was distributed to 10 parents (selected from a convenience sample) to read to their preschooler for additional comments. Then, two staff members went into a Food Stamp waiting room to solicit volunteers from parents with children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. If parents agreed, the staff person asked them to read the book. She recorded the length of time it took to read. If the child was present, the parent read the book aloud to him/her. After each parent finished reading the book, a series of questions were asked and responses were written down. Details available on request
Use Restrictions: may copy
Reviewers Comments: Have you ever eat too much of something because it tasted so good, even though you were not hungry? That is what happens to Hoot the owl in this children’s book, Tummy Talks. With the help of his friends Elaroo (a combination of an elephant and a kangaroo) and Mrs. Z (a talking tree), Hoot learns to “eat when he’s hungry and stop when he’s full”. By using fun characters and an easy to follow storyline, the content of this book will help children to realize satiety signals and how to respond to them. The story is short and direct, achieving its climax quickly. Big, colorful hand drawn pictures accompany the computer printed text at the bottom of the page. The “Alphabet Woods” feature lots of letters in the illustrations, which will help young children become familiar with printed letters. The last page of the book features a Reading Guide for parents about hunger and satiety, and includes a game to help children realize when they are hungry and when they are full. The guide also helps parents learn how to recognize if their child is hungry for food or just wants attention.

This book is appropriate for very young children and preschoolers who enjoy books and stories. It may also be used with slightly older children just learning to read on their own. It is designed for parents and children to read together, but could also be used in a classroom setting, at story time or during quiet reading time. It would work best when accompanied by some discussion of what it feels like to be hungry and full and why it is important to listen to hunger cues from the body. Although this is a children’s story, many adults could benefit from its discussion of hunger cues as well! It is available in either Spanish and/or English versions would be a welcome addition to any preschooler’s bookshelf.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: S87 .S7 no. 2003-06
    Go to Request Library Materials
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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Nevada
    Contact: Madeleine Sigman-Grant
    Ordering: may obtain materials through web site
    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No

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