My favorite non-fiction books for kids include 2 things: informative, yet entertaining text and beautiful photographs/illustrations. Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming by Jan Reynolds has incorporated both so fabulously, that I am definitely recommending this to all librarians and homeschooling parents. Informative text, an entertaining subject, and brilliant photographs come together to form a book that needs to be on your shelves.
We all know how important rice is to our world. Just think of how many times YOU eat rice in a year and then imagine the families that rely on rice as their daily form of subsistence. In Bali, rice truly is the life of the people, providing both employment and a vital food source for consumption. The author takes the reader through the actual cycle of rice, from growing, harvesting, and keeping pests away to the temples of Bali that are an integral part of business and thus, survival. Sustainable farming in an industrialized world.
The photographs are amazing and they lend such a brilliance to the text. I learned more about rice and Bali than I ever thought I would know, at a level that will be easy for upper elementary and middle grade students to understand. A map of Bali, glossary, and web sites are included in the back for further info searching.
A definite recommendation for libraries, both school and public, and a fantastic resource for homeschooling parents. Pair with a unit about cultures, farming, or food.
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Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming
Lee & Low