Pollan painting #4: The golden arches

The latest in a series of interpretive paintings done by 5-year-old Frederick, inspired by his mother’s reading "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and summarizing it for him. (See #1, Children of the corn | #2: Chicken Little at Magic Mountain | #3: Sequoia National Pork)

To counteract billions in marketing dollars, parents must start young.

When the subject of McDonald’s came up during a Christmastime car journey with the in-laws, Frederick chimed in: “McDonald’s food tastes good because they put chemicals in it.”

Gasps were audible. I took the opportunity to discuss some of Eric Schlosser’s information in "Fast Food Nation."

During a recent snowy weekend, I reinforced the message with some more "Omnivore's Dilemma" storytelling. Here is Frederick's version.

 

 

3 Responsesto “Pollan painting #4: The golden arches”

  1. Emily H. says:

    I'm thinking Frederick's finished collection could actually make for a pretty cool gallery exhibit!

    And this in particular is awesome:

    "When the subject of McDonald’s came up during a Christmastime car journey with the in-laws, Frederick chimed in: “McDonald’s food tastes good because they put chemicals in it.”"

    I wish I could have been a fly on the wall...

  2. Amanda Rose says:

    Hi Emily. It would be a great gallery exhibit, particularly for me, his mother. :) He started a few other painting but my mistake was showing him one on this website. He tends toward perfectionism as it is and a whole new level of perfectionism just ain't a whole lot of fun. I am going to see if he can forget about public displays and just have fun again. He did a great flower garden on a white board the other day and started a Monsanto beet painting (!) a few weeks ago, so we'll see where this goes.

    Amanda

  3. Wow. What a sharp, well-developed sense of humor for a 5-year-old! I didn't know what petroleum was when I was 5, much less spell it correctly or make a witty joke about it!