Emma Learns To Sprout, by Shir Guez is a short children’s picture book that will take children on a journey of learning how to ‘sprout’ lentils, or any other legume.
Emma is a young, curious girl in kindergarten, and her mother is helping her to learn how to eat more healthily. To do this in a fun way, her mother decides she’ll teach Emma how to grow her own sprouts.
After reading this book, Tristan and Kallista wanted to grow their own lentil sprouts as well. They love to eat lentils in soups, so that was also their legume of choice. They read Emma Learns To Sprout again, and this time they followed Emma’s mother’s instructions.
Emma decides that she wants to sprout some lentils as they are one of her favourite foods. She and her mother carefully prepare them and tend to them each morning and evening until they begin to sprout. Tristan and Kallista did the same.
Tristan and Kallista were amazed to see the little tails sprout from their lentils! And then they kept watching to see them get bigger and bigger!
We sprouted an assortment of both red and green lentils. The green lentils did so much better…but they were direct from a farm, so we had ‘predicted’ they would sprout more reliably.
Our sprouts took a little longer to ‘sprout’ than Emma’s but we followed the instructions in the story until ours were ready…
This was the first time the children have tried sprouts. At first they weren’t so sure, but they kept persisting and then asked for them for their snacks for the next few times! They’re both keen to try sprouting again with some of the other dried pulses we have in the cupboard. I can see some science experiments happening in our house in the future! These sprouts lead on nicely from when Tristan grew carrot tops.
Emma Learns To Sprout (affiliate link) is a short story with colourful illustrations. Your child will learn to sprout, as well as some of the reasons to try sprouting.
Have you done any sprouting with your children? I’d love to hear what you’ve done, and what the results were. Please leave a comment below.
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