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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper - Richard Sobol

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Using the color photos he took when he researched the subject in Thailand, Richard Sobol takes the reader through the cycle of growing rice. He begins with the planting and corresponding Royal Plowing Ceremony, follows the crop as it matures in wet paddies, and then shows how the rice is harvested.

A labor intensive crop in Asia, a combination of men and machines makes sure the rice survives from field to table. Once harvested, the nourishing kernels make it to family dinner tables while the remaining stalks are recycled for animal fodder.

As you read this book you’ll learn interesting facts, such as there are 40,000 different varieties of rice grown around the world. More than 600 million tons of rice are grown internationally each year and rice is the basic daily food for over half the people on earth.

Nicely designed with a good balance of pictures and text, The Life of Rice would make an excellent introduction to this basic food source. Every school library should have a copy of this book and many families would probably like to own one for home use too.

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