Friday, March 30, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? By Chris Butterworth, Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti (Review)

January 2011
ISBN: 9780763650056 
Ages 5 to 8, 32 Pages


Fresh retro artwork lures little readers on a tasty trip to farms, dairies, and more. Yum!

My Thoughts:

Even though Savannah was too young to really comprehend this book, it was a great book to introduce her to various foods.  With the beautiful illustrations done by Lucia Gaggiotti, it game the book an Andy Warhol type feel, with the retro pop-art renditions of popular foods.  Seeing that many children are picky eaters, this book is a great teaching tool to show them where food comes from and how good it tastes.  The story centers around children opening their school lunch boxes, and seeing what their parents prepared for them.  Then, they questions where and how the food got there.  The story then introduces children to everyone and everything involved in the creation of each item.  From the bread, cheese and tomatoes that make up one's sandwich, to the apple juice, carrots, chocolate chips in the cookie and the clementine, the reader will learn all the steps that go into farming and preparing each item, so that it is ready for purchase by your parents at the grocery store.  

This is a great book for young children who are always curious and questioning where things come from.  Or, if you love bringing your children to the local farmer's markets each summer, why not educate them beforehand on the types of foods they will see and what went into making them, so they were ready for sale at the farmer's market.  I can't wait to share this book with my daughters as they get older and begin questioning how fruits and vegetables make it to the shelves in the market.  After reading this book a few times with my daughters, I can see why it won Best Book of the Year from the American Farm Bureau.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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