For our final project, we chose to do a storybook entitled “Fussy Felix and the Food Creatures”. This story is targeted to children aged 7 to 9 years old and the moral of the story is don’t be picky with your food.
Based on the characteristics of our target audience, we’ve identified several common issues pertaining to children aged between seven to nine years old. The issues includes:
- Refusal towards consumption of a healthy / balanced diet
- Ignorance towards the benefits of a healthy / balanced diet
- Lack of knowledge about the different food cultures in Singapore
While considering the above issues, the group then briefly came up with a list of possible stories stated below:
A Healthy Diet Can Be Palatable
This story is about a boy who consumes only snacks such as chocolates. Because of this, he ended up being teased and ostracized by many of his friends in school due to his severe obesity by his imbalanced diet. One day, a friend came up to him and suggested ways to solve his problem. The obese boy was taught how to make healthy and tasty looking bento boxes complete with sweet treats such as easy to make desserts. Not long, he began losing weight and gained popularity due to his magical bento boxes. Through this story, we want to advocate the ideology that having a healthy/balanced diet can still be tasty and easy to make, so as to encourage children to practice healthy dietary habits and be more proactive in preparing the food they consume.
A Short Stay At The Rice Field
This story is about a picky boy who often wastes the food that was prepared for him. Despite several attempts by his mother to convince him to have proper meals, he continued to waste them. One day, his mother decides to send him to his grandfather’s rice field where he will experience the farmers’ hardships of planting rice (i.e. since it is the dietary staple of Asia). Through the sufferings he goes through in growing his own rice, he realized that his consistent rejection of proper meals and food wastage has put the farmers’ efforts to waste. From then on, he starts to be more appreciative of the food that was prepared for him. Through this story, we want to educate children about the painstaking process of food plantation and that they should always think twice before being picky and wasteful by putting themselves in the shoes of the farmers.
A Day At The Land Of No Candies
This story is another version of story (b) above about a boy who often wastes food that was prepared for him and only consumes chocolates and candies. One day, while his mother was preparing dinner, the aroma of the food suddenly knocked him out. The boy then arrived in the ‘Land of No Candies’ where he encountered groups of walking and talking food creatures (i.e. vegetables, fruits, meat) who scared him out of his wits. The terrified boy then went on to search for an escape route which would lead back home but ended up at a quiet corner of the fantasy island. Just then, the boy realized that he had brought along his favorite chocolate bar and decides to indulge in it. Before he could do so, the ferocious villagers found him and tossed him around as a form of revenge for being picky about them and wasting them. He then woke up to his mother’s call for dinner. To his horror, he found that the food prepared consists of the few “villagers” he saw in his dream earlier. Just as he was about to reject the meal again, he was reminded of the horrifying experience he had encountered earlier and decided from then on to finish his meals properly. Through this story, we adopt a scare tactic with elements of fantasy (to downplay the fear factor) to encourage children not be picky and wasteful with their food because it could lead to nightmares of leftover food “coming to haunt them”.
An Enriching Food Adventure
This story is about a group of friends who went on a food adventure. During their adventure, they learnt about the proper and righteous ways of how to behave in society through relationships between the different cultural foods of Singapore (e.g. Chinese: Chicken Rice, Malay, Nasi Lemak, Indian: Roti Prata, Eurasian: Fish and Chips) and cultural idioms. Some of the idioms that will be discussed in this story are, ‘When there’s a will, there’s a way,’ and ‘You reap what you sow’. Through this story, we want to enlighten children on the different ways they can look at food.
Check out the final pdf version of our storybook here! :D