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Where Does Food Come From?

Shelley Rotner, Gary Goss

The supermarket is the place where you buy your food, but have you ever wondered where you favorite foods really come from? A lot of food comes from plants or from animals. but it might surprise you to know that some of the food you eat comes from bees or from seawater. Where does you favorite food come from? Find out in the fun, colorful, easy to read book!

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From Farm to Table

Richard and Louise Spilsbury

This books gives your students an accurate look at food and farming from production to plate, preservation to packaging, to the dinner table!

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The Beeman

Laurie Krebs, Valerie Cis

Told from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees, including: where they live, how honey is made, and what a beekeeper does. The companion book to the Busy Bees lesson plan and the Busy Bees Kit. Please check the kit out separately.

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Ever wonder how wheat goes from a plant to bread? This easy to follow book outlines the basic steps. A great book for young readers.

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Tops and Bottoms

Janet Stevens

Once a upon a time, there was a lazy Bear and a clever Hare. Bear had lots of money and lots of land but all he wanted to do was sleep. Hare had nothing but hungry children, so he came up with a plan to convince Bear to split his land down the middle—tops and bottoms. Hare can work all day and Bear can sleep. It’s the perfect solution! Or is it?

Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold and colorful, are delightful. . . . It’s all wonderful fun, and the book opens, fittingly, from top to bottom instead of from side to side, making it perfect for story-time sharing.”

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A student’s depiction of Tops and Bottoms!

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What’s in the Garden?

Marianne Berkes

Good food doesn’t begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from. So what’s in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A food for thought section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a how does your garden grow? section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants.

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From Wheat to Bread

Kristin Thomas Keller

From Wheat to Bread provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of bread from wheat.

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Blackberry Banquet

Terry Pierce

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear’s arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.

The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes: Blackberry fun facts, How we eat blackberries (with smoothie recipe), Plants are the bottom of the food chain, Plants and animals, How do animals help plants?, and Are plants always good?

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Emerging readers will enjoy the simple text that describes how a seed grows into a pumpkin. Large print, colorful pictures and bolded vocabulary words make this book easy for students to read and understand. This book will need to be returned.

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Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

Roseanne Greenfield Thong

In this lively picture book that Booklist, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!

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