A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy

A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy

This is a modern picture-book classic – there’s never a dull moment with the Large family! When Mrs Large decides she is too fat, she puts the whole family on a diet. Biscuits and crisps are out; healthy meals and healthy jogs are in. But for hungry elephants, dieting is definitely not a piece of cake! “The Large Family” series has sold nearly four million copies worldwide.

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A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy

The large family decide they need to diet. They go for jogs around the park and eat health. A cake arrives from their granny, and everyone sneaks about at night and steals a slice until Mrs Large comes down and finishes the last slice and catches the rest of her family under the table.

This story is full of humour and it teaches children a lessons that they can eat un healthy foods but they do need to exercise and eat healthy foods too. This book could be used in a key stage one classroom to teach children about the importance of healthy eating.

The illustrations are simple and describe what is being read in the text.

A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy

A Piece of Cake was a story about an elephant family. The mother thought she was too fat so she tried to get her entire family to go on a diet. The baby elephant said to the mom one day that “maybe elephants are supposed to be fat”. She wouldn’t let her family watch tv or eat fattening snacks. Instead, she wanted her family to not sit around all night so they would go on jogs through the park. One day the grandma sent a cake to the family and she couldn’t stand it any longer. She went to get a piece of cake and there was only one piece left. The rest of her family had already eaten the cake and she said at the end of the story “Maybe elephants really ARE supposed to be fat…

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