Lisa Saunders, author of the children's book, “Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale,” will hand out free placemat-size sheets featuring her tableware characters for coloring at several locations in April 2016. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Lisa Saunders, a grandmother from Mystic, wrote the table-setting fairytale to teach children how to set the table in a fun and memorable way. Learn how Mr. Knife prevents the dish from running away with the spoon and why Mr. Fork needs a napkin bed.
A short video of Saunders introducing her book, “Once Upon a Placemat," and where to find the link to download your own placemats for printing, is available by clicking here at:https://youtu.be/_0jDOKPFg4M
"The lesson of how to set a table is valuable as this is part of encouraging a family to sit down and eat together—a main intervention in preventing obesity," said Alison Dvorak, MS, RDN, CDN, of Franklin, Connecticut
“Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale” also includes germ prevention tips by reminding children that “Miss Cup” insists that she and the other tableware get a bath before being shared."The book is a clever way to get across an important message about prevention of infectious diseases. As a doctor, I recommend it to my young patients and their families,” said Gail J Demmler Harrison, MD,CMV Registry, CMV Research and CMV Clinic.
“Once Upon a Placemat” is an expanded version of the fairytale Saunders told in her children’s novel, “Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator,” which is featured in the Cornell University 4-H“Horse Book in a Bucket” program.
Co-author of "Once Upon a Placemat," Jackie Tortora, is a digital strategist living with her husband and their young son in Vienna, Virginia. "Once Upon a Placemat" was illustrated by Marianne Greiner of Bloomfield, New York.