How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?

The Story of Food

Book - 2011
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The best part of a young child's day is often opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did all that delicious food get there? Who made the bread for the sandwich? What about the cheese inside? Who plucked the fruit? And where did the chocolate in that cookie get its start? From planting wheat to mixing flour into dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Healthy tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed., Reinforced trade ed
ISBN: 9780763650056
Characteristics: 25 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaggiotti, Lucia


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squazi1 Aug 11, 2014

My 6 year old boy and I loved this story which traces various common foods back to their origins and simply describes their processing. Great!

Mar 03, 2012

I think it is a beautifully illustrated book, but simplifies the food process a bit too much. There all these smiling faces in the factory farms, but does not address how the calf is removed from the cow at one or two days old or how the cow is kept pregnant 9 months of every year. Similarly, meat was shown in the portion sizes of the plate, but it skirted the whole issue. The animals are shown with plenty of space, clean environments, etc. I wonder if this just propagates the myths (lies even) of our food culture. On the other hand, I don't really have a great solution for kids, but maybe some book out there does.

Mar 10, 2011

Great for a beginning look at where food comes from, besides the grocery store. The writing is clear and basic but uses proper terminology. The healthy facts at the end are simple, and easy to understand. Good for 3-7 year olds, great for a preschool, or kindergarten lesson.

My only quibble is it does not talk about meat at all. I can see that it would be hard to include this in the bright colored up beat context of this book but Americans eat meat often and if the point of this book is to show you where food comes from then they should show meat is an animal. This is not in a political critique; I eat meat, but more of a factual critique.


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