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Friday, June 17, 2011

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? (The Story of Food) - Chris Butterworth

Released January 2011

Candlewick Press

Reviewed by Bob Walch

This clever book puts an interesting spin on what goes into a child’s lunchbox. How did all that food get there? Yes, mom went to the grocery store and bought it, but that’s not the answer in this instance. The author shows where the food came from before  it was in the store.

You’ll see how wheat is grown and then processed into bread and how cheese starts as milk produced by cows, gets processed by cheese makers and is stored for months before it is ready for a sandwich.

The story continues with tomatoes, apple juice, carrots, chocolate chip cookies, and clementines.   And when you get to the final pages of this interesting picture book you’ll also learn a little about the importance of a balanced diet that contains carbohydrates, protein, dairy products, fruits and veggies.

Using retro illustrations to help the child picture each step of the process, the author shows how food travels a long way to make it ultimately into a youngster’s lunchbox.

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