Scottsdale mom, kids write children’s health-conscious book

Ms. Imwalle talking to a student at Kiva Elementary School. (Submitted photo)

Ms. Imwalle talking to a student at Kiva Elementary School. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale resident and mother of two, Candice Imwalle, visited a handful of Paradise Valley schools to read to groups of students her nutritious-conscious children’s book.

Ms. Imwalle, a first-time author, had the idea to write a children’s book after finding there were not any nutrition-related books available.

“I looked for a book that taught that lesson,” said Ms. Imwalle. “There are a lot of books that teach life lessons, like ‘say please and thank you,’ but nothing about healthy eating.”

The cover of "Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food" (Submitted photo)

The cover of “Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food” (Submitted photo)

The book, “Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food” is a colorful fairytale about a land where residents have no consequence for eating high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie foods. Ms. Imwalle said the students she has read to really enjoy the book.

“The kids absolutely adore the book,” said Ms. Imwalle. “The message of healthy eating is well understood and received.”

She said it has been very rewarding to read the story and be a guest at the schools.

“The moral of the story is to eat moderate amounts of food,” said Ms. Imwalle. “One thing that kids will take away is that gluttonous levels of eating unhealthy food can cause various diseases throughout their life.”

The book is at a kindergarten-first grade comprehension level and at about a third-fourth grade reading level, said Ms. Imwalle.

Ms. Imwalle with her two children, Cameron, 10, and Isabella, 7. (Submitted photo)

Ms. Imwalle with her two children, Cameron, 10, and Isabella, 7. (Submitted photo)

“The kids are very polite and respectful and have lots of excellent questions at the end,” said Ms. Imwalle.

Ms. Imwalle has had the help of her two children, Isabella, 7, and Cameron, 10, to help make the book interesting for young kids. She said her kids helped with some of the characters names,

vocabulary and the title of the book. Ms. Imwalle has begun writing a second book with a similar theme but geared for children ages 3-4.

“Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food” is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

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