The Eagle Books are a series of four books that are brought to life by wise animal characters - Mr. Eagle, Miss Rabbit, and Coyote - who engage Rain That Dances and his young friends in the joy of physical activity, eating healthy foods, and learning from their elders about health and diabetes prevention. Tricky Treats shows children the difference between healthy snacks and sweet treats. Created: 8/4/2008 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP).
Date Released: 8/5/2008. Series Name: Diabetes.
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[Announcer] CDC-TV presents: The Eagle Book Series.
[Narrator] Tricky Treats, by Georgia Perez.
[Mr. Eagle] Good morning, Brother Sun.
[Narrator] The great Bald Eagle opened his eyes and flapped his wings to start a new day. He flew over and circled the village as he did every day. Below, he could see the village coming to life. People began moving about to begin their busy day. Today was the last day Rain That Dances and his friends would meet with Mr. Eagle.
[Rain That Dances] I'd better take some snacks with me in case we get hungry.
[Narrator] Rain That Dances filled his backpack with snacks and water and ran to meet his friends. Little Hummingbird was already waiting for Rain That Dances. He could see Thunder Cloud and Simon running towards them.
[Little Hummingbird] Are we ready to go?
[Simon]Yes, and we have plenty of snacks this time because we all thought of food today.
[Rain That Dances] Look, there's Mr. Eagle.
[Narrator] They all looked up to the sky and waved to their friend. They were happy and wanted to hear what Mr. Eagle had to say today. The great Bald Eagle looked down and saw his friends. He flew down to circle closer above them and then flew ahead. The children started running to keep up with the eagle. As the eagle flew closer to the tree stump, he saw Miss Rabbit and someone with her. He thought to himself –
[Mr. Eagle] Who could that be?
[Narrator] It was Coyote. The eagle knew someone else would be joining them, but he did not know it would be Coyote. As the eagle came to rest on the tree stump, he asked –
[Mr. Eagle] Coyote, why are you here today?
[Coyote] Miss Rabbit told me you were talking to the children about staying healthy. I just wanted to join in. Is that okay?
[Narrator] Now, coyotes are known to be sneaky animals. They like to trick anyone they come close to. Mr. Eagle thought about this for a minute and decided it would be okay for the coyote to stay.
[Mr. Eagle] You can stay, Coyote, but I do not want you to trick the children.
[Coyote] Thank you.
[Narrator] Coyote gave a sneaky smile as he looked down the hill and saw the children running up the path. Rain That Dances, Little Hummingbird, Thunder Cloud, and Simon arrived, laughing and waving at their friends.
[Mr. Eagle] This is Coyote. He wants to learn about staying healthy, too.
[Rain That Dances] Hello, Miss Rabbit and Coyote. We brought some snacks today, in case we get hungry.
[Mr. Eagle] Well, that is good because that is what I want to talk to you about today. I know everyone likes to snack, but do you know there are everyday snacks and snacks that are to be eaten only sometimes?
[Narrator] Coyote lifted his front paw and stopped the eagle from talking.
[Coyote] What do you mean by "everyday" and "sometimes"? I think we should eat anything we want to when we are hungry.
[Narrator] This made Miss Rabbit hop into the air and Mr. Eagle flap his wings. They both looked at Coyote.
[Mr. Eagle] This is why I want to talk to the children. I think the best way to talk about this is to see what you have in your backpacks.
[Rain That Dances] I went to the store with my mom and I think we did a good job picking some healthy snacks.
[Narrator] Rain That Dances opened his backpack. First, he pulled out some apple slices.
[Rain That Dances] How is this for an everyday snack?
[Coyote] Gee, that is such a small snack. That is not enough, even for me.
[Mr. Eagle] Hooray for you, Rain That Dances. This is a good size and a healthy snack food for every day.
[Narrator] Rain That Dances smiled and gave his friends a high-five. Then he pulled out some carrots that he had helped his mom cut up and put into bags.
[Rain That Dances] How is this?
[Mr. Eagle] Perfect.
[Miss Rabbit] Those look delicious, and they are something that you can grow yourself in a garden.
[Narrator] Coyote was disappointed at what he saw.
[Coyote] Wait. I'll be right back.
[Narrator] Coyote ran off to the village. A short time later, he came back with a backpack in his mouth.
[Mr. Eagle] Where did you get that?
[Coyote] Oh, I found this beside the road and it didn't seem to belong to anyone. I bet there are some great treats in this bag.
[Narrator] The children, Miss Rabbit, and Mr. Eagle looked at the coyote and then the bag. With one shake, treats tumbled out.
[Coyote] Look, now this is a great snack.
[Narrator] Coyote picked up a bag of cookies and waved the bag under the children's noses.
[Thunder Cloud] Can I have some?
[Narrator] The great Bald Eagle knew that the coyote was trying to trick the children.
[Mr. Eagle] Thunder Cloud, it is not safe to eat food that you find lying around. Let's see what else Rain That Dances has in his backpack.
[Narrator] Rain That Dances pulled out a bottle of water. The great Bald Eagle was happy to see that his little friend had brought water instead of fruit drink or soda pop. Coyote just shook his head and looked to see what else fell out of the bag he had found.
[Coyote] I have soda pop and potato chips.
[Mr. Eagle] That drink is a sometimes food because it has too much sugar in it. Water is better. Water is a gift from Mother Earth and something we should have every day. Potato chips are a sometimes food.
[Narrator] Little Hummingbird put her hands on her hips and looked at the coyote.
[Little Hummingbird] Coyote, I know what you were trying to do. You were trying to trick us, and you better stop it. We will listen to Mr. Eagle so that we can grow up strong and stay healthy.
[Narrator] The coyote lowered his head. The eagle was proud of Little Hummingbird.
[Mr. Eagle] Now, can we see what you have in your backpack, Thunder Cloud?
[Thunder Cloud] Well, I was in a hurry this morning, and now, I think I didn't make the best choices.
[Mr. Eagle] You know, sometimes we don't always choose the best snacks, but we can still eat the sometimes foods once in a while, just not all the time. So what did you bring?
[Narrator] Thunder Cloud pulled out a bag of sugared cereal.
[Mr. Eagle] Now, let's look at the cereal. What does the cereal have on it?
[Thunder Cloud] Sugar!
[Mr. Eagle] Yes, that's right.
[Coyote] I like this cereal. Mmm.
[Mr. Eagle] Because of the sugar, this is not an everyday food.
[Thunder Cloud] How about these cherries?
[Mr. Eagle] You made a good choice. Now, that wasn't hard, was it?
[Thunder Cloud] No, but you do have to think about it sometimes.
[Narrator] Thunder Cloud was happy that he had made a good snack choice.
[Mr. Eagle] When picking a snack or a treat, we need to make sure it does not have a lot of sugar in it. We also need to remember that small amounts are better. Fruits and vegetables every day make for healthy snacks, too. I am very proud of all my new friends. You have taken the time to learn how to stay healthy. Coyote, I hope you will not try to trick the children into eating something you know is not good for them. And I hope you will return that backpack where you found it.
[Coyote] I am sorry I tried to trick the children. When I see the children as I go through the village, I promise not to trick them.
[Announcer] Mr. Eagle looked at the children, Miss Rabbit, and Coyote.
[Mr. Eagle] So what have we learned today?
[Thunder Cloud] I know -- eat fruits and vegetables.
[Rain That Dances] Choose everyday food snacks and eat small amounts.
[Simon] Eat sometimes food less often.
[Coyote] Drink water and don't take something that does not belong to you.
[Little Hummingbird] Move your body every day to help stay healthy in body and spirit.
[Miss Rabbit] Try growing your own vegetables.
[Narrator] Mr. Eagle was so proud of his little friends.
[Mr. Eagle] I will always be flying above to see how you are doing. And when you see me, you will remember what I have told you. Now, let us share the snacks that you have brought today. Coyote, you need to return the backpack. It belongs to someone. We will surprise the person by putting a new bottle of water and carrot seeds in the bag and we will put a book, Through the Eyes of the Eagle, in there, the book about us.
[Narrator] They all sat down and enjoyed their snack together. As the children were leaving, they turned and waved goodbye to Mr. Eagle, Miss Rabbit, and Coyote. Rain That Dances left with a big smile on his face. He and his friends would tell the people in the village about the ways they could stay healthy. Rain That Dances thought to himself --
[Rain That Dances] Diabetes might even go away someday. Mr. Eagle will no longer be sad as he watches us from above.
[Narrator] As Brother Sun began to go down behind the mountain to end another day, Mr. Eagle had a happy thought and said out loud --
[Mr. Eagle] My new friends that have joined us to hear my stories will be strong in body and, like mine, their spirits will soar high with happiness, knowing that their future is bright. So until another time, I will say goodbye.
[Narrator] The End.
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