Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food
written by Chris Butterworth; illustrated by Lucia Gaggioti
2011 (Candlewick Press)
Source: Mebane Public Library

I'm in the middle of reading Jeff Wilhelm's Engaging Readers and Writers With Inquiry. In this book, Wilhelm stresses that we need to ask essential questions to promote a deeper learning among students. A great example of an essential question is the title of today's book, How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? This question encourages children to think and investigate how food comes to us. For each item in the lunchbox (cheese sandwich, tomatoes, carrots, box of apple juice, clementines, and a chocolate chip cookie), author Chris Butterworth leads the reader through a sequence of steps on how the item came into being. For example, the bread in the sandwich started out in a field on the tip of a stalk. It was cut by a harvester and sent to a flour mill where the grain was ground into flour and mixed with water, sugar, and yeast to make a dough and then baked into a loaf. This book is a marvelous opportunity to teach primary children about sequence. Since the items in the lunchbox are commonplace, there will also be a lot of connections made. Before reading, I would ask children how each of these items came into being and as an after reading activity ask if their answers changed while reading the book. In addition, Lucia Gaggiotti's delightful illustrations fondly remind me of visuals from the 1950's and 60's. How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? is a tasty treat of a book.

Other reviews:
Books4YourKids (Great pics in this review.)
Sal's Fiction Addiction

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