Today’s lunch is based upon a book that my 4 year old son Trevor has asked me to read to him each night for the past couple of weeks! It is packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box 2.0 and the photo will be highlighted as part of a Laptop Lunches weekly feature during National Reading Month.
“It’s a Tiger”
by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
I entered the bookstore purposefully looking for a “read aloud” book for my 4 year old Trevor. I wanted a book that would allow us to interact when we read it together. After browsing the “read aloud” section, I picked this very book. I don’t regret it! It has quickly become Trevor’s favorite bedtime story. The first page invites him in from the get go. The opening line asks, “are you ready for a story”? Some nights Trevor shouts yes and some nights he likes to make me wait until “he’s ready”! We then continue through the story journeying with a young boy running from the tiger! “It’s a tiger, run”! The book gives plenty of opportunity for the reader to play act the story with voice and for the listener to respond in kind. It is a delightful, fun, read and just the right length for a 4 year old’s attention span! The illustrations are colorful, eye catching and support the story on each page very well. Trevor always giggles and I’m quite sure he will request the book again on this very night!
Of course when I mentioned making a lunch based on a book for National Reading Month, all in the family agreed I HAD to do this one!
This lunch contains:
- Cucumber leaves (leaf detail on the top 2 pieces only made by cutting portions of the skin away with a knife)
- “Jungle” fruit salad (kiwi, watermelon and mango flowers cut with a mini veggie cutter)
- Pretzel thins
- 1/2 ham sandwich with swiss and cheddar cheese on the outside (all cheese details are “adhered” with mayo)
I used a CutezCute (link below) cutter upside down for my tiger shape cutting the intended “ears” off and using them as “paws”. The nose was also cut using the panda face cutter from the CutezCute set. All remaining details were done with a sharp knife and a straw (eyes). Although perhaps looking complex, the whole lunch really was simple and took me about 15 minutes to make!