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The Neighbourhood Surprise explores and explains different diets

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There are lots of discussion points for younger children

We’re delighted with this review of The Neighbourhood Surprise from Tom Griffiths over on Checkemoutbooks! Have a read below.

In The Neighbourhood Surprise, Koya and her friends are disappointed to learn that lovely Mrs Fig is moving. Determined not to let her leave without a bang, the neighbours organise a leaving party for the beloved resident. In doing so, they work together to make vegan and vegetarian food to serve at the party.

This beautiful, cheery picture book celebrates unity and inclusion so is a must have for an Early Years / KS1 classroom. It’s lovely seeing all the neighbours working together for a common goal, especially when we’re currently still isolated from others. What else is brilliant about this story is how it introduces you to different types of diets, presented in a child-friendly, accessible way. There are lots of discussion points here for younger children, especially through healthy eating units at school.

I really enjoyed reading the section at the end where Sarah introduces herself, explains different diets and people’s reasons for eating in this way. It is evident that Sarah’s childhood of vegetable gardens and wildlife still inspires her today. An important book to be published on Earth Day!

Suggested reading age: 4+

The Neighbourhood Surprise written by Sarah van Dongen is published by Tiny Owl Publishing and is available now. You can purchase your copy here.

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