Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. My Mom actually got this book for my little sister. My mom got it because she really liked the pictures. She said they reminded her of books from when she was a kid. I chose this book for a Perfect Picture Book because it teaches about where food came from and it is a nice non-fiction picture book for little kids. I also think it’s important to think about where our food comes from.
How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food
By – Chris Butterworth
Illustrated by – Lucia Gaggiotti
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Candlewick on January 25, 2011
Theme/Topic – Food Production / Nutrition
Opening and Synopsis – “ONE of the best parts of the day is when you lift the lid off your lunchbox to see what’s inside. Your parents have packed it with lots of tasty things to eat. The probably got all the food from a grocery store – but food doesn’t grow in grocery stores! So where did it come from before it was in the store?”
Bread, tomatoes, cheese, you buy it from a store, but where does the store get it? That’s what this book tells us! It says things like how the bread on your sandwich is made, how those red, juicy tomatoes make it to your container, and how cheese is formed! From the farm to the processing plant to the delivery truck, this book explains where food really comes from!
Why I liked this book – “How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?” is a great book to teach kids about food in a really fun and easy to understand way! It’s nice to find non-fiction picture books that are fun to read. The book goes through the basics you need to make a healthy lunch (except for the chocolate chip cookie – but everyone needs a little “junk food” once in awhile). I agree with my Mom that the illustrations are awesome! Take a look!
This book was awarded the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Book of the Year 2011 and was awarded NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books For Students K-12 2012.
Activities and Resources –
This is a neat video about the book from the American Farm Bureau –
Teachers can find educational guides, posters and activities related to this book and other agricultural things at the American Farm Bureau HERE.
The University of Illinois has a fun site that talks about how food gets to our stores from all over the world. There are games and activities there too. Click HERE to go to it.
I think parents could take kids to a farm or have their kids cook something with them and talk about where all the ingredients come from.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!